Well, well, well. Who saw this one coming? Certainly not the Manchester United fans in the Transfer Tavern in for a fry up this morning.
German giants Bayern Munich have dealt the Red Devils a major blow by confirming the signing of Benfica midfielder Renato Sanches.
The 18-year old Portuguese international has been strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford for much of the last year and had thought to be nearing a stunning £63m deal.
However, seemingly out of nowhere, the Bavarian giants have stolen a march on their English counterparts and wrapped up a deal for around €35m.
Only having made his first-team debut for Benfica back in October, the talented teen has emerged as one of the most promising starlets on the continent after a series of dynamic displays.
Already a box-to-box midfielder of high regard, United have been left reeling as Bayern stepped in to land him.
He will work under former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti at the Allianz Arena next season, aiming to win a fifth consecutive Bundesliga title.
How big a blow is losing out on Sanches for Man United?