Manchester United look set to miss out on Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay, with reports in Portugal claiming he's agreed terms with Zenit St. Petersburg.
The Argentinian ace has been a mainstay of the Benfica defence for the past three seasons and helped the Portuguese side claim the title this term - although he was unable to help his team avoid defeat in their second consecutive Europa League final last week.
Manchester United have been tracking the 27-year-old for some time, and with Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic on their way out of Old Trafford, reports suggested they could swoop this summer.
However it now appears as though his most like destination is Russia, with O Jogo reporting that the former Real Madrid man has agreed terms with Zenit St. Petersburg - something his agent appears to have confirmed.
Evidently the Portuguese connection has worked for Zenit - former Porto boss Andre Villas-Boas currently in charge at the Petrovsky Stadium.
Manchester United are likely to turn their attention elsewhere in order to bolster their defensive ranks with Vidic and Ferdinand on the way out.
The Red Devils can currently call upon Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans to play at the heart of their defence, but new boss Louis van Gaal is likely to want more options.
Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels has been linked with a switch to Old Trafford in the past.