Arsenal have made a second approach for 29-year-old Atletico Madrid right back Juanfran, who is valued by transfermarkt.co.uk at £12.32m, however, like the first time they attempted negotiations, they have been rejected, with the player reportedly citing his contentment at the Vicente Calderon as the fundamental reason to remain in Spain.
AS claim a "significant" bid was tabled in 2013 yet the player instead renewed terms, extending his contract to 2017. The Gunners returned a second time, hoping the player would be swayed by the offer of quadrupling his incoming while competing under Arsene Wenger, yet the positive atmosphere in the Atletico dressing room is cited as a reason in Wenger being knocked back, again.
Arsenal's apparent inability to lock down Juanfran may spell bad news for other Premier League clubs like Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United.
All three clubs have been scouting a number of Atletico players and have been suitably impressed in their successful championship win of La Liga and Champions League appearance.
Chelsea are apparently ready to complete a deal with free agent Tiago, yet if other targets such as Filipe Luis and Diego Costa are as enamoured with the dressing room as Juanfran is, then Jose Mourinho too may be frustrated in the transfer market.
Midfielder Arda Turan, meanwhile, has been on Manchester United and Liverpool's radar before, while United have also been linked to centre back Miranda and gifted youth Saul Niguez has been mentioned alongside Chelsea and Everton.
Earlier today, HITC: Sport published another obstacle in the way for any Premier League side looking at Atletico's players as the club's chairman explained that they are not in the position where they need to sell, yet there are situations where that could be impossible.