Manchester United and Barcelona appear to face an anxious wait in the race to sign Miralem Pjanic, with the Roma playmaker having hinted that he will decide on his future after this summer's World Cup.
24-year-old Pjanic has been linked with both clubs in recent weeks, yet is evidently in no rush to make a definitive ruling on just where he intends to ply his domestic trade beyond the end of the season.
"I'm used to these rumours but at Roma I am fine," he told Gazzetta dello Sport in an interview that was cited by talkSPORT.
"I still have a year of the contract and I do not know what will happen. There will come a time to think about the contract and transfers but it will be after the World Cup."
Manchester United are expected to be on the lookout for several new recruits this summer with David Moyes to receive hefty backing in the transfer market after experiencing an extremely difficult first season at Old Trafford.
Pjanic - who joined Roma from Lyon back in 2011 - is a gifted and versatile midfielder, but doesn't appear as if he will come cheap with reports towards the end of the recent January transfer window suggesting that his current employers value him at a whopping €55 million.
Competition from Barcelona could prove particularly problematic for Moyes, too, especially given that the La Liga outfit are likely to be able to offer Pjanic Champions League football - something that Manchester United - unless they win this year's competition - probably will not.
Of course, both clubs could still yet face a transfer snub from the player, particularly given that he does not sound like he has totally given up on the prospect of remaining at Roma beyond the end of his current deal.
Whatever Pjanic's decision, however, it looks like it will have to wait until after Bosnia - making their World Cup debut - exit Brazil this summer.