Newly-appointed Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has told reporters in a press conference for the Bianconeri that Manchester United target Arturo Vidal will not be leaving the club this summer.
The Chilean has been linked with an audacious €48 million Old Trafford switch in recent days, with some reports even claiming that Mexican forward Javier Hernandez would move in the opposition direction as part of the deal.
However, Allegri has seemingly moved to dismiss such reports, stating that "Vidal will remain a Juventus player" to the waiting reporters.
The quotes come after a report in Italian news provider Corriere dello Sport previously claimed that Juve had not been contacted over a move.
According to the source, Bianconeri director general Beppe Marotta has yet to hold discussions with any Red Devils representative regarding the fabled €48 million bid for the South American.
With United’s interest in Vidal seemingly cooling, their attention could turn to Inter Milan midfielder Fredy Guarin.
The Colombian had been linked with a move to Tottenham in recent days but could now opt for a move to Manchester United and the chance to play under Louis van Gaal.
In a unique twist, however, Juventus could be the club to scupper United’s plans again, with Guarin linked with a move to the Old Lady, having come close to completing a move to the Juventus Stadium as part of a proposed swap deal involving then-Bianconeri striker Mirko Vucinic, which was ultimately scrapped.
Any failure to land Vidal would represent a major blow to Manchester United’s preparations ahead of the new season, with the Red Devils linked to several high-profile names but yet to complete a marquee signing ahead of the start of the Premier League season.