Chelsea and Manchester United appear to have been dealt a final, decisive blow in the race to sign Fredy Guarin, with the player having moved to confirm that he is not thinking of leaving the club anytime soon.
27-year-old playmaker Guarin has reportedly been a long-term transfer target for both of those aforementioned clubs as well as rivals Tottenham, yet committed his future to Inter Milan by signing a new deal at the San Siro earlier this year.
And while such deals can often mean little in the uncompromising and fast-paced world of modern sport, any remaining hopes those Premier League sides had of completing a deal look to have been permanently extinguished with the player having insisted that he is not thinking about leaving and even suggested that he could go on to sign yet another contract.
"I have agreed a deal for another three years, and I hope to sign another contract once that one's up," he was quoted by talkSPORT.
Manchester United and Chelsea - who experienced differening fortunes in the Champions League quarter-finals this week with the Red Devils having been knocked out by Bayern Munich but Chelsea having defied the odds to progress at the expense of Paris Saint-Germain - are both expected to be in the market for new recruits this summer.
And while Chelsea - who also still have a chance of lifting the Premier League title for the first time since 2010 and the third occasion under the guidance of Jose Mourinho - appear to be have plenty of quality in midfield areas, Manchester United, in stark contract, are notably weak in that regard.
However, it appears as if David Moyes will have to look elsewhere to fill the void with £10 million-rated Guarin seemingly at Inter - the club he joined on a permanent deal in May 2012 following a successful loan stint - for the long haul.