Manchester United and Arsenal have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of one of the most highly rated youngsters in European football.
Borussia Dortmund star Mario Gotze was reportedly set to be the subject of bids from Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger, but his agent has dismissed these rumours and insisted the 20-year-old was going nowhere.
Arsenal recently signed a new sponsorship deal with Emirates worth £150million over five years and the Gunners boss has admitted he could be ready to make new additions in January, while he was also linked with a £30million bid.
Manchester United were also credited with an interest with meeting the £30million limit, which was said to be the amount needed to activate a release clause in the contract Gotze signed earlier this year.
However, the BVB star’s agent, Volker Struth, has moved quickly to dispel the rumours of a move to either Old Trafford or Emirates Stadium, assuring Dortmund fans Gotze was going nowhere soon.
"Mario has no intention of leaving in 2013. Therefore, the topic is not interesting,” he said in German newspaper Bild.
The link with Manchester United could be to do with the recent criticism of Paul Scholes, with many fans believing there is no viable replacement for him in the squad.
Arsenal, though, have been struggling for consistency this season and creativity in attack has been one of the main issues over the course of the season – something the exciting Gotze could certainly help with.