Atalanta president Antonio Percassi has shut down the possibility of loan star Duvan Zapata joining Manchester United in January.
As revealed by TEAMtalk last weekend, United scouts were impressed by the 28-year-old’s ability and that led to the striker emerging as a possible target for the club in the upcoming winter transfer window.
However, speaking to Italian news outlet Bergamo TV, Percassi didn’t mince his words when asked about the possibility of Zapata – who is on loan from Sampdoria – moving to Old Trafford.
“Even in January, he will not move, do not ask anymore,” the Atalanta chief said.
United are short of attacking options at the moment, with Anthony Martial out and Marcus Rashford in and out of the team through injury.
Mason Greenwood has been seen as the main backup up front following the departures of Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku.
United face Dutch side AZ Alkmaar in their second Europa League game of the season on Thursday evening, with Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer questioning the state of the pitch his side will have to play on.