Manchester United and Real Madrid have been dealt a blow in their alleged pursuit of Arturo Vidal after the Juventus midfielder intimated that he "doesn't care" about their interest in his signature.
Sport Witness cites a report from Chilean publication La Cuarta that carries quotes from the 27-year-old suggesting that his future remains in Italy even after the recent departure of manager Antonio Conte.
Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal has been heavily linked with a bid to bring the £35 million rated playmaker to Old Trafford this summer, as he looks to further strengthen his Red Devils ranks ahead of the new season.
Deals for left-back Luke Shaw and midfielder Ander Herrera were already concluded prior to the former Holland head coach's arrival in England after the World Cup, but the Dutchman is hoping to follow them up with more marquee additions before the transfer window closes.
Real Madrid interest
Carlo Ancelotti has also been mooted as an admirer of the Chile international, who shone at this summer's tournament in Brazil, and could rival Manchester United for the player's services, particularly with a number of high-profile stars being mentioned for moves away from the Santiago Bernabeu.
However, both Real Madrid and Manchester United will be surprised to hear about Vidal's almost flippant attitude towards speculation linking him with the Premier League or La Liga. It's a stance that could ultimately cost him a potential transfer from Serie 'A'.
"It's hard to talk about another team when you're already at a big one," he said. "I have been three times a champion, so I will have respect for my colleagues.
"I heard about interest from Real [Madrid], and [Manchester] United, but that's for another person to care about."
The World Cup star was pressed for an answer on whether he felt his time at Juventus had come to a natural end, following the appointment of Massimiliano Allegri as successor to Conte in Turin.
"I don't feel that way, maybe I'll stay a lifetime at Juventus," he added. "When I arrive in Italy, I'll talk to the manager and see what happens.
"Now all I know is that I have a seven or eight day holiday in Chile."
Future up in the air
Clearly Vidal is in no rush to sort out his future, which has been one of the most talked about subjects during this summer's transfer window. International team-mate Alexis Sanchez has already completed his Premier League transfer after agreeing a £30 million move from Barcelona to Arsenal.
It remains to be seen whether the Juventus man will follow Sanchez's lead by agreeing a switch to England, but it looks increasingly likely that Manchester United might be forced to turn attention to alternative targets.