Manchester United have been dealt a definitive blow in their efforts to sign Arturo Vidal after Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri confirmed he would not leave the club this summer.
On the eve of Manchester United's opening Premier League game, Louis van Gaal is yet to bring in a notable addition in the transfer window. Both Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera have joined, but both deals were agreed before the Dutchman's tenancy started.
The lack of activity at Old Trafford may be due to the drawn out pursuit of Juventus star Vidal, who has been a target for Van Gaal since the day he took over at Carrington. With such lavish funds available to him it was thought a marquee signing would be used to boost morale on the pitch and amongst the fans ahead of a crucial season.
However, despite widespread reports of a number of bids, with some believed to be in the region on €50 million – a record bid for Manchester United – thought to be on the table, no deal has been completed.
Not happening now
Now it appears that Manchester United's chances of landing the Chile international are over. When asked about Vidal's future in a recent press conference, Allegri was definitive in his answer.
He told reporters: "Vidal? He's not going anywhere."
It was a short and sharp answer, but one that will add a lot of weight on Van Gaal's shoulders. Fans will be devastated to learn that the player Manchester United have seemingly focused all their efforts on this summer, won't be joining.
The quotes emerged in the early hours of Friday morning, when the deadline for Vidal to move had passed. Reports earlier this week suggested that Juventus told Manchester United to get a deal done before this Friday or talks would be cancelled.
Friday is here and no deal has been done, so that seems to be that.
There have been reports linking Manchester United with a move for Inter Milan star Fredy Guarin while efforts seemed to be focused on a deal for defender Marcos Rojo. William Carvalho has also been linked with a switch to Old Trafford in what would represent a double deal for two of Sporting Lisbon's brightest stars..