Borussia Dortmund would not be drawn on whether they were interested in Arsenal target Fabian Schar, though they passed up the chance to deny the story.
The Bundesliga side's general manager Michael Zorc was a little cryptic in his replies when being quizzed over reports that manager Jurgen Klopp was getting ready to move for the FC Basel star.
"The speculation about Fabian Schar being on his way to our club is one of many transfer rumours doing the rounds," Zorc told German newspaper Bild.
"Most of the time, these transfer rumours turn out not to be true."
However, Dortmund may have a transfer tussle on their hands if they instigate a move for the 22-year-old, as Arsenal have also been credited with an interest in him recently.
Arsen Wenger has reportedly been impressed with Schar's progress at Basel, which has seen him make his debute for the senior Switzerland side this year, and may be forced to move by any possible interest from BVB.
Arsenal currently only have three fit senior centre-backs and could possibly lose one of those in the lead up to the World Cup next year, as club captain Thomas Vermaelen has recently admitted his frustration at sitting on the bench for the last few months.
With the Brazil 2014 looming, the Gunners skipper could well decide he needs to leave Emirates Stadium for regular football so as to not jeopardise his chances of making the Belgium squad.
Bild claim that Dortmund's interest may have come because current first choice centre-back Mats Hummels is on his way to Barcelona as Carles Puyol's successor.