Manchester United looked to have failed in their pursuit of Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal after they had an offer rejected by the Italian club according to Tuttosport.
The Red Devils have already splashed in the region of £130 million so far in this window, and have broken the British transfer record to land Angel di Maria from Real Madrid. With the Argentinian on board, reports suggested that Manchester United would turn their attention to landing Vidal and Daley Blind from Ajax before the close of the transfer window.
However their plan has come unstuck if reports are to be believed. Tuttosport say that they made another approach for Vidal this week, having been linked with him throughout the window, during talks with Juventus over a possible loan deal for Javier Hernandez.
Reports suggest that offer was in the region of €43 million - but that has been strongly rejected by the Serie A champions. Tuttosport says that Juventus are adamant that they won't sell up and want to build their team around the Chilean - however there is still a slim chance the deal could be done in time.
The Italian source says there's still time to get the deal done before the close of the window if Manchester United come back with an improved offer - while there appears to be a willingness on behalf of the player and his agent to get the deal done.
It was claimed this week that his agent Fernando Felicevich had been in Manchester to thrash out an agreement worth around €8 million-per-season, while Vidal didn't train with hit team-mates yesterday as rumours of a switch gathered pace.
Tuttosport say that a bid of €50 million would likely be enough to persuade Juventus to let the midfielder leave - but Manchester United are fast running out of time to get the deal done with the end of the window fast approaching.
One of the main obstacles in the way of the deal aside from Juventus' reluctance to sell is Vidal's troublesome knee; Manchester United are said to be concerned that he was unable to complete a game during the World Cup and believe that he was rushed back too quickly from knee surgery.
If they are unable to land Vidal then a move for Dutch international Nigel de Jong has been mooted; he was part of Louis van Gaal's squad at the World Cup and could be available for around €10 million. His international colleague Kevin Strootman is likely to be the subject of a bid - but only in January when he has fully recovered from a knee injury.