Manchester United are expected to be one of the busiest teams in the transfer market this summer, with names from across Europe being linked with moves to the club.
One name who has been heavily rumoured to be a done deal is that of William Carvalho.
Reports have previously stated that United had agreed a £37 million fee with Sporting Lisbon for the 21-year-old - meeting his release clause. It also claimed he had a tour of the Carrington training ground and would reportedly join up with his new team after the World Cup in Brazil - where he will represent Portugal.
But since David Moyes got the boot the interest appears to have cooled. Just this month Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho ruled out a move, stating:
“There is nothing inevitable. I am almost certain, if not absolutely certain, that William will continue at Sporting.”
Yesterday the player himself had his say. Carvalho insisted he would be staying at Sporting:
"I am a Sporting Lisbon player until June 2018 and when I return from the national team, I'll be back training at Lisbon. Everything else is just speculation."
Of course it is not just United interested in signing him. AS Monaco appear keen and they recently appointed his former boss at Sporting, Leonardo Jardim, as their new head coach.
It seemed that the mega rich Ligue 1 side had all the chips in this summer transfer poker match. But apparently that is not the case, as according to reports in France the club have pulled out of any deal - as they cannot afford him.
L'Equipe: AS Monaco have given up on their pursuit of William Carvalho who is adjudged to have been too expensive. #ASM— Get French Football (@GFN_France) May 23, 2014
The outfit, funded by Russian tycoon Dmitry Rybolovlev, splashed out huge sums of cash last summer to sign the likes of Radamel Falcao, James Rodriguez and Joao Moutinho - but it seems Carvalho is not going to get the same treatment.
So he is still available - although it appears he is more than happy to remain a Sporting player for the foreseeable future. Carvalho, despite no longer being in Monaco's clutches, still seems unlikely to be heading to Old Trafford, or anywhere else for that matter, this summer.