Juventus midfielder Tiago has made it clear he is not willing to negotiate a move to Everton.
The Toffees were thought to be closing in on an agreement which would see the Portugal international move to Goodison Park on an initial loan deal, with a view to buy at a later date.
Juve were prepared to part with the former Chelsea man, freeing up space in their squad for a new arrival.
However, Tiago has responded to the rumours suggesting he is set for an imminent return to England by declaring in Corriere dello Sport: "I will not be going to Everton."
The midfielder's future is now up in the air, with his current employers keen to offload him before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.
The 27-year-old is understood to prefer a move to Spain, although Atletico Madrid's interest appears to be on the wane.
Juventus are set to discuss the situation at a summit meeting on Friday, where a plan of action will be determined.
The Italian giants are confident they can still find a taker for Tiago and are prepared to accelerate talks with any interested parties.