Arturo Vidal caused a social media stir recently when he was seemingly photographed signing a Manchester United shirt during a routine autograph session with various football fans.
The Juventus midfielder, who is valued at approximately £50 million by his employers, has been the subject of the most protracted transfer saga of the summer as Manchester United continue to retain their interest in their long-standing primary target.
The player, 27-years-old and closing in on his peak years as an athlete and a footballer, was one of the key reasons behind Chile's success at the World Cup tournament in Brazil earlier in the summer.
This, after an exquisite domestic campaign in Serie A that saw him attempt 130 tackles, complete 84% of his 1,470 passes, create 47 goal-scoring opportunities (five assists) while also scoring 11 goals from 57 shots in 32 appearances.
It is little wonder Juventus are so keen to obtain as high a fee as they can from United, yet the act of signing a fans shirt bearing the colours of the Premier League club has been downplayed by the Italian press, who claim that Vidal "never pulls back in front of photos and autographs" and that the problem was, before the pre-season friendly against Sydney, simply a matter of "acting on instinct" to please supporters.
Tuttosport continue by remarking that the one autograph that is essential in this story, are the ones on a contract - yet Louis van Gaal and Manchester United are yet to send over the official documents. The publication also remind United of the fee that is required to prise the coveted Chilean away from Turin - £50 million.
"The powerful agent Fernando Felicevich has been working on the deal for months," Tuttosport write, "send a fax - or better yet an email - as it can be a matters of seconds," but continued neglect in this areas leads to what the Italian media believe is a "cooling" of interest "from across the Channel."
Louis van Gaal is yet to make a first signing despite green-lighting moves for Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera that were completed before the start of his tenure at Old Trafford. The Dutchman has also been linked with Angel di Maria, Juan Cuadrado and Mats Hummels.