PSV Eindhoven technical director Marcel Brands has denied AC Milan have been in contact over the potential transfer of Manchester United target Kevin Strootman.
Strootman is said to be attracting interest from all over Europe, and has had a £25 million price tag put on him by PSV.
The Red Devils have been linked with a summer swoop for the 22-year-old as they look to add options in the middle of the park, while AC Milan are also reportedly ready to make a bid.
Manchester United have been reportedly interested in landing Strootman for over a year now and turned down the chance to land him for less than £10 million while he was still with Utrecht.
While Sir Alex Ferguson will unlikely be willing to part with up to the £25 million PSV want, a £15 million offer may do the job and see him arrive at Old Trafford – although that is most likely to happen at the end of the season rather than in January.
While the latest rumours suggest AC Milan could be about to beat Manchester United to the punch in the race for the talented midfielder, Brands denies there has been any negotiations between the two clubs and that Strootman is not for sale.
“We haven’t had any contact with AC Milan, I haven’t spoken with the Rossoneri,” he told TuttoMercatoWeb.
“But even if they should ask us about Strootman, we'll answer that the player is not for sale".
Manchester United will have the chance to look at the alternatives they possess in midfield when they line up against Chelsea in the League Cup on Wednesday, with Sir Alex Ferguson expected to name an experimental side.