Manchester United won't be landing Nigel de Jong from AC Milan on deadline day according to reports in Italy.
The Red Devils have already made one big move on the final day of the summer transfer window by agreeing a loan fee for Radamel Falcao from Monaco for an overall fee of around £16 million.
While Manchester United fans are likely to be delighted with the arrival of the Colombian hitman it doesn't address some key issues within the squad. Boss Louis van Gaal has previously admitted that he needs to add options at the back - which he looks to have done through Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo - while reinforcements are needed in midfield.
It would appear as though they won't sign their primary target, Arturo Vidal, from Juventus because of the Italian club's reluctance to sell one of their key players.
With that in mind Manchester United were said to have to have lined up two alternatives in the form of William Carvalho and Nigel de Jong. The latter was part of Van Gaal's World Cup squad in Brazil this summer and was praised by the Manchester United boss for his work-rate and his "incidental pressing".
It was believed that AC Milan were willing to sell up for around £10 million - despite the fact that Chelsea's Marco van Ginkel has arrived and operates in the same position. It was believed that deal would help Manchester United get their man, but according to Sky Sports Italia journalist, that's not going to happen.
He tweeted: "No Nigel de Jong for Manchester United. AC Milan don't want to sell him. #MUFC"
That leaves Carvalho as the only remaining viable option, but whether they could get a deal over the line in time remains to be seen. The Portuguese international is also wanted by Arsenal but they may struggle too because of the fact he is part-owned by a third party.
There is also likely to be a big issue over his fee; his release clause is believed to be in excess of £35 million, while it has been suggested that either Manchester United or Arsenal could lodge a bid closer to £20 million, which Sporting Lisbon are unlikely to countenance.
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