Manchester United are ready to revive interest in Juventus midfield maestro Arturo Vidal in January, primarily because Roma aren't interested in talking terms over a deal for Kevin Strootman.
Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal held off on a £40m deal for Vidal this summer because he views Strootman as perfect for his revamped United midfield, prepared to wait for the Dutch star to recover from a cruciate ligament injury to seal that deal.
Roma think Strootman is irreplaceable though and have issued a strong hands-off warning to United, which the Express believes will mean it's back to the negotiating table with Juve over a January deal for Vidal.
Strootman is nowhere near full fitness and still Roma have felt to send Van Gaal a strong message on their Dutch midfield talisman, they won't consider sanctioning his sale at any price.
Roma sporting director Mauro Baldissoni was adamant in his stance on Strootman to Sky Italia, declaring: There has been non-stop reporting in UK newspapers about Kevin Strootman and Manchester United.
"Kevin Strootman is not for sale and has never been discussed in that vein at Roma. They are wasting paper.
"We consider Kevin an integral, highly valued partner in our long-term plans."
Van Gaal is finally prepared to accept the 24-year-old can't be lured to Old Trafford to help stabilise a midfield which the Dutch tactician clearly still thinks is in need of reinforcements, with the long-rumoured Vidal deal now back on the agenda.
Juve would find £40m offer tough to turn down
Vidal's troublesome knee and Juve's insistence the Chilean superstar remains a key figure in Turin put paid to United's summer-long pursuit of the World Cup star, but barring any further fitness worries he's still a player Van Gaal would love to sign.
Juve have eased Vidal back towards first-team contention after his summer exploits and coped fine without him in all honesty, thanks to the likes of Paul Pogba and Claudio Marchisio.
At 27 you have to feel Juve would rather cash in on Vidal than sell a player in Pogba with huge potential to improve still further, so it will be very interesting to see if United executive-vice president Ed Woodward tests the Old Lady's resolve with a concrete offer when the transfer window reopens.