Manchester United joined rivals Manchester City in the race to sign Cristiano Ronaldo on Friday after Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri confirmed the five-time Ballon d'Or winner's desire to leave the Italian giants.
"Yesterday, speaking with Cristiano, he told me that he has no intention of staying at Juventus, for this reason he will not be picked tomorrow. This morning he didn't train," Allegri told reporters ahead of Juve's Serie A match against Empoli on Saturday.
However, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hinted the Red Devils could make a late swoop to bring Ronaldo back to Old Trafford.
Ronaldo won the first of his five Champions League titles and was first crowned the world's best player during six years at United between 2003 and 2009.
"Cristiano has been a legend of this club, he is a legend of this club, he's the greatest player of all time, if you ask me," said Solskjaer, who played alongside Ronaldo.
"We've always had a good communication. I know Bruno (Fernandes) has been talking to him as well. He knows what we feel about him. If he was ever going to move from Juventus, he knows that we're here."
However, City manager Pep Guardiola insisted any arrival is "far away" and he will be happy with his squad even if they do not add another striker before the end of Tuesday's transfer deadline.
"These type of players decide. They knock the door, they call and after there are situations I cannot control. It is not my business."
Ronaldo's three-year stay at Juventus is almost certainly over, but the Italians reportedly want a transfer fee in the region of 25 million euros ($29.4 million) to sell with one-year left to run on his contract.
"He was here three years, he made his contribution, he made himself available to Juventus and now he's leaving. Life goes on," added Allegri.