Cape Town - Manchester United will have to look elsewhere for a new defender as Ajax ace Matthijs de Ligt has opted to join Juventus.
Reds boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has put a new central defender high on his wanted list and De Ligt, along with the likes of Harry Maguire are known to be targets.
However a move now looks unlikely with reports in Italy claiming that Juve have won the race to sign him.
De Ligt is one of Europe's most sought-after players after helping Ajax win the Dutch league and cup double while reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League last season.
The 19-year-old said he would make a decision on his future after the Nations League with United, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain also reportedly interested.
However, according to reports in Italy, the Dutch centre-back has made the decision to join Serie A champions Juventus.
It is understood the transfer will cost the Italian side in the region of Pound 62m with personal terms yet to be finalised.
United are also keen on Napoli centre-half Kalidou Koulibaly and will turn to signing a new central defender once they have snapped up Crystal Palace full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka.