Dries Mertens is ready to snub the chance of joining Manchester United in favour of signing a new deal at Napoli.
Belgium star Mertens has been tracked by United all season and Jose Mourinho had been considering making a summer move for him.
But the 30-year-old is now close to putting pen to paper on a new long-term contract that will keep him with Napoli for the rest of his career.
Mertens still had four years left to run on his existing deal with the Serie A club but they have broken the bank in an effort to convince him to stay in Italy.
And the forward who has scored 30 goals in 43 appearances in all competitions this season is close to pledging his commitment to stay in Naples.
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis said: “I believe we are there and therefore the signature should arrive soon.
“We can say that in a week we will confirm everything we said.”
United have cast their scouting operation wide over the last six months in order to highlight the players they want to strengthen their squad over the close season.
With Zlatan Ibrahimovic injured and Wayne Rooney closing in on a summer departure, Mourinho is putting a lot of focus on signing attacking players.
Mertens was one of several players he has been trailing, with Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann close to agreeing terms over a move this summer.
And Real Madrid’s unsettled James Rodriguez is another player United are closing in on as Mourinho bids to build a squad capable of challenging for the title next year.