Manchester United have had their £35 million offer for defender Mats Hummels rejected by Borussia Dortmund, according to reports.
It was claimed earlier today that the Red Devils were ramping up their interest in the German World Cup winner, and were increasingly confident of landing their man in the winter window.
However it seems as though Dortmund are unwilling to let their captain leave without a fight, and have turned down the bumper offer according to the Daily Star. Manchester United will remain hopeful that they can capitalise on Dortmund's dreadful form this season which left them joint-bottom over Christmas, but it seems as though a January deal is unlikely.
The former Bayern Munich defender is widely considered one of the finest in Europe, and would certainly help Manchester United fill a hole in their defence.
Boss Louis van Gaal has seen his backline decimated by injuries this term meaning he's been forced to rely on youngsters, while his decision not to buy a top-level defender to replace Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand now seems short-sighted.
Arsenal, who also have problems at the back, have also been linked with a move for the defender having let Thomas Vermaelen - who was linked with a move to Old Trafford - join Barcelona over the summer.
However the Gunners look to have turned their attention elsewhere and are believed to be close to luring Winston Reid to the Emirates Stadium.
Both Manchester United and Arsenal are back in action at the weekend, with Arsene Wenger's men going up against Stoke while the Red Devils take on Southampton at Old Trafford.