Manchester United have been given a boost in their pursuit of Robert Lewandowski, as rivals Bayern Munich have denied they are set to sign him.
Reports on Wednesday claimed that the Bavarian side were closing in on the Borussia Dortmund striker and that Sir Alex Ferguson was set to lose out.
However, the latest comments coming out of Bayern Munich suggest the Manchester United boss need not despair.
The Allianz Arena club’s chairman, Germany legend Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, insisted in an interview with German newspaper Bild that there was no deal in place for them to sign Lewandowski this summer.
"Our squad can relax. I have read about this, he should have already been signed by us. But we can immediately deny it. There is not much more to say," he said.
Lewandowski will have only a year left on his Dortmund contract in the summer and Jürgen Klopp’s side will be under pressure to sell rather than lose him for nothing in the summer of 2014.
Losing their top scorer to rivals Bayern will be a major blow to BVB, especially as star man Mario Götze has already confirmed he will be going there next season.
Both Lewandowski and Götze will have a chance of landing a blow on the Bavarians when the two German sides meet in the Champions League final on May 25.
Bayern completed a 7-0 aggregate thrashing of Barcelona on Wednesday night with a 3-0 win at Camp Nou, booking their place at Wembley after Dortmund had already despatched Real Madrid in the other semi-final.
Manchester United are reported to have a long-standing interest in the 24-year-old and Ferguson recently hinted at making a move for him.