Manchester United appear to have been dealt a blow in the race Miralem Pjanic, with the Roma playmaker having seemingly talked up a potential move to either Barcelona or Paris-Saint Germain.
The Red Devils have been credited with an interest in Pjanic in recent months, yet it appears that the Bosnian international may have his eyes set on the Camp Nou or the bright lights of the French capital.
"Barcelona would not be a bad destination - there I would be able to demonstrate the best of my abilities," the 24-year-old said in an interview that was quoted by talkSPORT.
"PSG is also a good team - it's extraordinary what they are doing there. And for a player, it's important to win titles."
While Pjanic's views on Manchester United remain unclear, it appears that they may just have a tough task pursuing him given that he seems to so receptive to those two aforementioned European giants.
Indeed, one must assume that Manchester United's rare absence from next season's Champions League may see them struggle to adapt such a high-quality caliber of player during the coming transfer window.
Both PSG and Barcelona - two sides who were knocked out of this season's tournament at the quarter-final phase - will take their place among typically illustrious company at European football's most-prestigious club competition again next year, despite the latter having experienced somewhat of a recent decline under the management of Tata Martino.
A talented midfielder with excellent ability in possession and a regular eye for goal, Pjanic - who joined Roma from Ligue 1 outfit Lyon back in 2012 - would be a fine addition for either side and would undoubtedly bolster their attacking ranks.
Manchester United will have to hope that their next permanent manager - whoever that may be - is reputable enough to keep the club in the hunt for quality new signings.