Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool will be forced to wait until August before finding out whether they can successfully sign Marcos Rojo after the Sporting Lisbon defender revealed he won't decide his future until after returning to Portugal on July 30.
The Daily Express reports how the Argentina international has attracted interest from a host of Premier League clubs after impressing at the World Cup in Brazil this summer.
Rojo was one of Alejandro Sabella's standout performers, and might have played his way into a lucrative transfer to England, but that won't be discussed until after he's enjoyed a well-earned holiday after helping his country all the way to the final.
Speaking to an Argentine radio station, the 24-year-old explained that he wants to relax and unwind after a long, hard season, and is leaving any negotiations regarding transfer business to his agent.
"We still do not know what my future will be," he admitted. "For now I intend to return to Sporting on the 30th [of July], and then we'll see.
"It is a matter for the club and my representatives. I'm cool."
Man United interest
Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal has been linked with a move for the versatile stopper, who is capable of playing at both centre-back and on the left side of defence.
The Dutchman is on the lookout for central defensive reinforcements at Old Trafford, and might also need to add cover for £30 million signing Luke Shaw if Patrice Evra completes his prospective transfer to Juventus.
Rojo's ability to play in multiple positions is an attractive attribute to Van Gaal, who traditionally likes to work with a small squad of just 22 or 23 players.
Jose Mourinho has also been mooted as an admirer of the South American, but after it was confirmed earlier this week that Chelsea have reached agreement with Atletico Madrid for the transfer of Brazilian Felipe Luis, it seems unlikely that the Portuguese tactician will press ahead with a bid to lure Rojo to Stamford Bridge.
Liverpool's search for a new left-back has been well documented with Brendan Rodgers keen to strengthen that area of his team ahead of the club's return to the Champions League this season.
Liverpool search continues
Talks with Sevilla over Alberto Moreno broke down after the Spanish club demanded too much money, while a move for Swansea City's Ben Davies seems to have stalled. The Reds have also been linked with Croatian centre-back Dejan Lovren but have so far refused to meet Southampton's £25 million valuation.
A move for Rojo would make sense given that it would improve two key areas, but Liverpool fans will not be happy with the Sporting Lisbon star alone, and will hope that further additions are made before the close of the transfer window.