Manchester United still hope to sign Wesley Sneijder from Inter Milan this summer, despite Sir Alex Ferguson suggesting otherwise, it has been alleged.
According to The Telegraph, the Dutch playmaker is a 'main priority' for the Barclays Premier League champions, as they look to add a creative influence to their ranks.
This comes despite Sir Alex Ferguson claiming last week that he had no intention of bringing Sneijder to Old Trafford, as speculation regarding a move for the 27-year-old reached fever pitch.
"I keep reading about this, there's absolutely nothing at all to that [reports of United's interest in the player]," said the United boss. "First of all I don't think Inter are prepared to sell him anyway.
"You get conjecture and you get speculation every week in newspapers unfortunately.
"And we have to answer these for some reason - why, I don't know, but we have to find a reason without adding insult to any particular club, or embarrassing any particular player. There's nothing we can do about it."
Whether or not United do hold a genuine interest in Sneijder remains to be seen, but the acquisition of a replacement for Paul Scholes is a priority for the Red Devils this summer.
The United midfield is also shorn of Owen Hargreaves and - with Darron Gibson also tipped to leave Old Trafford - reinforcements need to be made.