Manchester United and Chelsea's alleged pursuit of Paul Pogba has suffered a setback following reports the Juventus midfielder is on the verge of signing a bumper new five-year contract worth €3.2 million per season.
The Daily Mail cites reports in the Italian press suggesting the France international will pen a new deal that should keep him Turin until 2019, with the total package worth a stunning €16 million.
Pogba also stands to earn possible performance-related bonuses up to €1 million per year after his agent Mino Raiola's successful negotiations with the Serie 'A' champions' general manager Beppe Marotta.
The news will come as a huge blow to the 21-year-old's former club Manchester United, who were believed to be keenly interested in bringing the player back to Old Trafford this summer.
New Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal is known to be in the market for midfield reinforcements, despite already strengthening his squad with the acquisition of Spaniard Ander Herrera from Athletic Bilbao.
Van Gaal options
Pogba was identified as the box-to-box playmaker the Dutchman wanted at Manchester United this season, but he could now be forced to turn attention to alternative transfer options should these latest reports out of Italy prove accurate.
Jose Mourinho is also thought to be a long-term admirer of the Juventus star, and considered an audacious attempt to lure the player to Stamford Bridge, even after completing the £27 million capture of Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona already this summer.
The free transfer departure of club legend Frank Lampard has left a gaping hole in Chelsea's midfield, and Pogba could've been the man to help Fabregas fill the void in 2014/15.