Juventus have flatly refused to entertain a fresh approach from Manchester United for Chilean midfield maestro Arturo Vidal, telling the Red Devils in no uncertain terms that negotiations with the player's agent will lead to nothing unless they come up with an improved €50m offer before the transfer window closes.
Attention has once again turned to United's pursuit now that a club-record £59.7 million deal for Angel di Maria is done and dusted, but the Red Devils are now facing an uphill battle to match Vidal with the Argentine star in a dream midfield partnership this season.
Tuttosport believe Juve are very confident of keeping Vidal in Turin beyond Monday's transfer deadline, with only an astronomical offer enough to alter their stance on a prized asset who is viewed as absolutely integral to the plans of new Bianconeri coach Massimilano Allegri.
Talks underway but deal some way off
Unsurprisingly the transfer rumour mill has gone into overdrive with reports are United have stepped up their pursuit of Vidal in the last 24 hours, but here's what we do know.
Red Devils chiefs held talks with Vidal's agent Fernando Felicevich yesterday, to talk terms over a potential salary and make it clear that one of the planet's top box-to-box midfielders is open to the possibility of a last-ditch Premier League switch.
Juve have not received a formal offer though and have made it very clear to United they won't get Vidal for anything less than a premium, particularly after proving they're willing to pay way above market value to ease a growing crisis at Old Trafford with the Di Maria deal.
Holding midfielder also a priority
United fans would love to see Vidal finally move to the Theatre of Dreams this week, but in reality their need for an energetic, reliable holding midfielder is far greater.
AC Milan anchor Nigel de Jong and at a push Daley Blind are viewed as viable options in that position, but for now United's focus is on complicated negotiations with Juve for Vidal.