Manchester United's hopes of signing Arturo Vidal appear to have suffered a blow, with Juventus director Giuseppe Marotta stating his belief that the player will remain with his current club.
26-year-old Vidal has been an integral figure in the heart of the Juventus midfield in recent times, helping the club to win consecutive Serie A titles and extend their lead at the top of table to 11 points this season.
Such commendable form has seen the Chilean international linked with a potential move away from the Juventus Stadium, with Premier League champions Manchester United - as well as La Liga giants Real Madrid - both linked with a potential switch.
However, Marotta is clearly quite confident that Juventus will be able to keep hold of their star man in order to pursue future success on the continental stage.
"We are honoured that the great clubs are interested in our players, but we want to improve in Europe too," he was quoted by talkSPORT.
"We want to sign players, not sell them. Vidal is happy here and we are happy with him, so I really think that he will stay."
Whether such a view will deter Manchester United from mounting a bid for the player remains to be seen.
It has been a season of misery and bitter disappointment at Old Trafford so far this season, with Manchester United struggling to adapt to life under the tutelage of David Moyes.
The central midfield area has been a particular issue for Moyes, with Michael Carrick performing below par and the likes of Tom Cleverley failing to impose themselves at the club.
Vidal, generally revered as one of European football's very best all-round central midfielders and rated at around £40 million , would certainly provide an enormous boost to Manchester United's chances of regaining a place in the top four.