Manchester United and Liverpool are set to miss out on the services of Roma star Radja Nainggolan, who is co-owned by Cagliari, according to reports from the Express.
The 27-year-old was targeted after the introduction of the new rule banning dual ownership of a player in Italy, with both United and the Reds hoping to take advantage of the situation.
However, Roma boss, Rudi Garcia, is now looking to secure the full ownership of Nainggolan with a £14.3million offer, halting hopes of his potential switch to the Premier League.
Garcia has also hinted that the Belgium international will be a key asset for the upcoming campaign, further playing down speculation of a club exit.
“Nainggolan is a true force of nature,” he said.
“He’s got an exceptional mentality and a winning character.
“He is a leader and I’m counting on him for next season.”
The midfielder has been a vital member for the side this term, featuring 46 times in all competitions, scoring five goals and providing a further six assist.
Both the Red Devils as well as Liverpool are in the market to strengthen their midfield, with Juventus star Arturo Vidal also being targeted.