Manchester United have not made an approach for reported transfer target Santiago Arias of PSV Eindhoven, according to the Eredivisie club’s sporting director Marcel Brands.
Arias, a Colombian full-back, has been linked with a £6 million summer move to Manchester United and David Moyes has reportedly sent scouts to watch the 22-year-old in action on three occasions this season.
The acquisition of another right-back would appear to be something of a summer transfer window priority for Manchester United and Arias, it is claimed, is being considered as a replacement for Old Trafford incumbent Rafael.
However, PSV are unaware of any supposed interest from Manchester United and have not received any communication from the club that they are interested in recruiting Arias when the transfer period opens once again.
"We don't know anything about any interest [from Manchester United]. No team has made a formal approach for Santiago," Brands told Algemeen Dagblad.
"But we do know that Arias is an interesting player for a number of teams. He is an attacking full-back and a Colombia international who will play at the World Cup for one of the top six countries."
Nicknamed ‘The Rock’, Arias has made three appearances for Colombia and could be used as Jose Pekerman’s first-choice player in his position at the World Cup. Arias featured in two qualifiers following a long-term injury sustained by Camilo Zúñiga, who has only just returned to action for Napoli.