Chelsea and Manchester United have been dealt a transfer blow in their pursuit of Southampton starlet Luke Shaw.
The England youth international has been heavily linked with a move away from the south coast this month, with both the Blues and Red Devils monitoring the £20million-rated full-back.
And, with Nicola Cortese leaving his post as chairman last night, fresh speculation in The Daily Telegraph claimed the two teams could clash in a bidding war for the player.
However, manager Mauricio Pochettino once again insisted the 18-year-old is not for sale in January, and will not be leaving the club.
"It's clear that Luke Shaw has a contract. I want to make one thing clear – no-one is for sale at Southampton. No-one,” he said during his press conference earlier today.
The news is a blow to the interested parties, with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho one of the managers reportedly pursuing the player hard.
Mourinho isn’t short of options in the left-back position at Stamford Bridge, with Cesar Azpilicueta and Ashley Cole both vying for first team opportunities in the Blues side.
But, with Cole out of contract in west London at the end of the season, Shaw has been seen as a long-term replacement for the England international at Chelsea.
Manchester United have a similar scenario at Old Trafford, with French defender Patrice Evra also reaching the end of his current deal in the summer.
The Red Devils have less depth at their disposal however, with David Moyes rarely turning to Dutchman Alex Buttner.
Shaw would have been an ideal addition for the Premier League champions as they look to build for years to come, but the Manchester United boss will now need to set his sights elsewhere.