Manchester United were frequently linked with Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal before he decided to extend his contract until 2017 and Tuttosport claims Sir Alex Ferguson hoped to bring him to Old Trafford.
Chilean international Vidal has seen his value soar this season after a sensational start to the Serie A campaign.
The gifted midfielder has appeared on the radar of various top European sides and has won praise from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
Manchester United were said to be planning a raid for Vidal in the January market but the news that he has committed himself to Juve until 2017 has dented any chance of luring him to England.
Today's Tuttosport insists that Ferguson, now a director and club ambassador at United and a known admirer of Vidal approached the player on the eve of his extension last week to try and discuss a possible deal.
Vidal allegedly would have been in line for a four-year contract worth £5m per season but he gave a firm no to the former managerial legend.
Tuttosport doesn't mention the significant stumbling block of whether Juventus would have agreed a fee with United for a player they regard as pivotal to the Old Lady's future.