Manchester United transfer targets Dante and Fredy Guarin have ended hope of a summer switch to Old Trafford by both signing new deals this afternoon, committing their long-term futures to Bayern Munich and Inter Milan respectively.
Bayern mainstay Dante in particular was heavily linked with a switch to Old Trafford in January, as United desperately search for a long-term leader in central defence with Nemanja Vidic preparing for a summer switch to Inter.
The Brazilian international remains an integral part of Pep Guardiola's plans at the Allianz Arena and Bayern have shown that with today's contract announcement, rewarding the 30-year-old for excellent form with a one-year extension that ties him to the treble winners until 2017.
Any fleeting hopes of signing Inter midfielder Guarin for either United or Chelsea were also extinguished today, with the Colombian international putting a turbulent few months behind him to also sign a long-term contract that keeps him at the San Siro until 2017.
Guarin looked all set to join Juventus earlier this season in a swap deal involving Mirko Vucinic, but that move collapsed and with Inter looking to rebuild under wealthy owners fresh terms have been penned quickly.
While Chelsea have an embarrassment of riches in midfield it's United that will have to alter their transfer policy more urgently following today's contract news, with Red Devils boss David Moyes gearing up for a summer of wholesale change to build a side capable of challenging for the Premier League title once again.