Arturo Vidal has seemingly signalled his intent to snub a move to Manchester United and remain with Juventus for the upcoming season by posting a picture with his team-mates on his Instagram account along with the message: "I'm happy to stay here!"
Italian newspaper Tuttosport also deal another blow to Manchester United's hopes of landing the Chilean by revealing that Juventus have a special 'secret plan' in pre-season to get him fit and firing for the new season, which they say shows how confident the Turin-based outfit are of keeping hold of him.
Manchester United are expected to undergo something of a squad overhaul this summer, but so far have only added two new players; Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera for a combined fee of around £60 million.
Since those two deals were completed in July there has been no sign of any more players arriving at Old Trafford, despite persistent rumours that Vidal in particular could be on the verge of making a move to the Premier League.
However Juventus have always denied that is the case, and now the player himself has seemed to suggest that he won't join Manchester United.
The 27-year-old recently joined up with his team-mates on their pre-season tour to Indonesia following his exertions at the World Cup, and posted his picture and message alongside the hashtag #Jakarta.
While it is unclear whether Vidal means he is happy to remain with Juventus or is happy to be in Indonesia is unclear, his choice of words seem to indicate that he won't be joining Manchester United.
His club will be delighted with that news although how likely they were to let him leave is a mystery. Publicly they have been adamant that the dynamic midfield enforcer was going nowhere - unless the player himself forces a move himself which now seems unlikely.
Tuttosport's claim that Juventus have devised a special plan for Vidal, who has struggled with a persistent knee injury in recent months, in order to get him ready in time for the new campaign.
The fact they are willing to put effort into preparing him for the new season seemingly suggests that they are confident that he will remain in Turin.
Manchester United will now have to look elsewhere in their search to bolster their midfield. William Carvalho is a long-term target but appears destined to join Arsenal, while Kevin Strootman is favoured by Van Gaal but won't be fit until later on in the year which means a move in January is more likely.