Manchester United and Arsenal could be set to miss out on William Carvalho, with reports suggesting that another of Europe's leading clubs have emerged as frontrunners to land the Sporting Lisbon midfielder.
According to reports from A Bola cited by the Daily Mirror, Juventus are now leading the race to sign the imposing 21-year-old Angolan-born starlet.
Carvalho, who joined Sporting as a teenager and reportedly has a buyout clause of £37 million in his current contract, has flourished at Estádio José Alvalade this season and also proved impressive during a lengthy loan spell with Belgian outfit Cercle Brugge between 2012/13.
Such mature and accomplished displays saw the player win his first senior international cap in November as Carvalho was trusted by Paulo Bento to take the field for the final 17 minutes of Portugal's thrilling 3-2 second-leg victory over Sweden in the World Cup qualifying playoffs.
That form has also seen him linked with a move away from the Primeira Liga, with Manchester United mentioned with regard to a potential move for his signature after a lengthy scouting mission and rivals Arsenal previously believed to be weighing up a bid of £12 million.
Losing out on Carvalho, if indeed the Serie A champions were indeed to go ahead and sign him, would perhaps represent more of a blow to Manchester United than it would to Arsenal.
The Red Devils' emphatic 3-1 defeat at the hands of Jose Mourinho's Chelsea on Sunday afternoon marked the latest low point of David Moyes' difficult first season at Old Trafford.
With the club surely desperate to boost their ailing title defence with at least one big winter signing, another apparent rejection would not do too much for Moyes and indeed United's credibility in the market.
Arsenal would presumably not be so dismayed by such a turn of events. Although the Gunners certainly do require strengthening if they are to realise their dream of a first Premier League title in a decade, they have plenty of options in midfield already.