Manchester United have been handed a major transfer blow as primary midfield target Arturo Vidal has revealed that he will remain at Juventus this season.
This will come as a big shock to Louis van Gaal, who was hoping to land the midfielder before transfer deadline day.
As reported on Thursday, the Red Devils had made a bid in the region of £34m and were thought to have agreed terms with the player. It was claimed that the Old Trafford club had agreed a five-year deal worth £182,000-a-week with the midfielder.
Even though terms were agreed with the player, Juventus were still to accept the bid and approve the transfer.
The report claims that the Italian champions, who have lost their midfield lynchpin Andrea Pirlo for a month, are reluctant to let Vidal leave.
According to the Express, manager Massimiliano Allegri has made it clear that he will not accept any offer for the midfielder, and he will not be allowed to leave as Juventus do not have enough time to secure an adequate replacement for the Chilean.
Moreover, it is now believed that the Chilean international has confided with people close to him regarding his move away from the club.
"At this point I do not go away, I stay at Juventus," Vidal said, as quoted by the Express.
The Old Trafford club will now have to look elsewhere for reinforcements and have just three days before the summer transfer window closes.
It is believed that van Gaal has already turned his attention towards Sporting Lisbon's defensive midfielder William Carvalho, who has been a long-term target for rivals Arsenal.
The Portuguese club are open to letting the player go and are even willing to lower their asking price from £35m to £24m.