Juventus have convinced Paul Pogba to remain at the club for another 18 months, forcing both Arsenal and Manchester United to postpone bids for the French midfielder, according to The Express.
Pogba joined Juve in the summer of 2012 on a free transfer after failing to agree a new contract at United, having played a peripheral role during his early Old Trafford career.
Interest from some of the Premier League big-guns, including Arsenal, Manchester City and United has reportedly unsettled Pogba, particularly because the English trio would be able to offer lucrative new contracts.
However, Juventus are now understood to have persuaded Pogba to remain at the club until the end of the 2014/15 season, forcing Arsenal, City and United to delay their pursuit.
City's Elite development squad manager Patrick Vieira admitted earlier this week that the club made a mistake not landing Pogba in 2012 when he became available.
"He's a player I really like," Vieira said.
"I saw him play for Manchester United and to not have signed him when he left that club was a mistake because he is an extraordinary player.
"Many tell me that (he plays like I used to). I think he is more attacking than me and perhaps more technically skilled."
Pogba played 90 minutes in both of France's play-off matches against Ukraine during the past week, where Didier Deschamps' side recovered from a two-goal deficit after the first leg to secure progress to next year's World Cup finals.
Next summer's tournament in Brazil represents another stage in which Pogba can further enhance his reputation, one which is growing by the game in Serie A, with four goals having come in 10 league starts for Juventus this term.
Despite having a host of midfield players at their disposal, Arsenal would welcome a genuine box-to-box midfield player while United have made no secret of their search for additional midfielder resources, having had bids for Cesc Fabregas and Ander Herrera rebuffed in the summer.