Manchester United have until next week to sign Arturo Vidal from Juventus - or the deal is off, according to Italian newspaper La Stampa.
The Chilean's future has been the subject of much speculation over the past few weeks, and a resolution doesn't appear to be near.
In the market
The Red Devils are reportedly in the market for a midfield enforcer and view Vidal as the right man for the job - however landing him is proving far from easy. New boss Louis van Gaal has admitted that he's finding it 'difficult' to get the right calibre of player on board and Juventus have publicly stated that they don't want their star midfielder to leave.
Now it appears as though Juventus are looking to put an end to the speculation and according to La Stampa have given Manchester United until August 15 to make an acceptable offer and agree terms with the player.
La Stampa say that there is a rough agreement with Vidal with Manchester United worth around €200,000-per-week so the biggest obstacle will be persuading Juventus to let him leave. It's been suggested that an offer in the region of £45 million could do the trick - and that would make Vidal the most expensive player in Manchester United history.
The paper adds that Vidal has made it clear to Juventus that he wants to leave in order to join Manchester United - however the deal is likely to be a complicated one so having a tight deadline has put the pressure on the powers that be at Old Trafford.
Another problem for Manchester United is that they have been unable to do the deals they want so far for various reasons, so will have to cram a lot of activity in the final few weeks of the window.
Thomas Vermaelen is on his way to Barcelona so they will need to identify a new defender target and complete that deal, while they have also been linked with various attackers including Marco Reus and Angel di Maria.
They will also have to negotiate the sales of a host of players, with Van Gaal reportedly getting ready to chop some of his squad players. The likes of Javier Hernandez and Marouane Fellaini are likely to be shown the door, with Wilfried Zaha, Shinji Kagawa and Anderson also in danger of being sold.
That could mean that there could be little time to get the deal for Vidal done, although he is said to be one of Van Gaal's main transfer targets so getting him to Old Trafford is likely to be a priority.