Manchester United and Arsenal appear to have been handed a boost in the race to sign Antoine Griezmann, with the player having insisted that he has not held talks with Paris Saint-Germain and additionally suggested that he has no preference over where his future lies.
23-year-old playmaker Griezmann has been in fine fettle for La Liga outfit Real Sociedad of late, and both aforementioned Premier League clubs - along with PSG - have been credited with an interest in the £22 million-rated French international.
"Interest of PSG in me? I do not know anything nor have I had any contact. I want to finish the season well at Real Sociedad and play in Europe next season," he told French TV in an interview that was quoted by talkSPORT.
"We always like when big clubs are interested in you, but we'll see what can happen. I do not have any preferences."
While of course that certainly does not mean that he cannot hold talks with the reigning Ligue 1 champions in the future, the news that Griezmann has not already entered discussions with PSG and appears to hold no special fondness for a move to the Parc des Princes must come as uplifting news to his rival suitors.
Arsenal - who square off against Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium tonight as they look to capitalise on Everton's latest mistake in the race for Champions League qualification - will presumably be on the lookout for several new recruits this summer as Arsene Wenger and co look to avoid a repeat of the new year's collapse that saw them disappointingly exit the title race.
As a young attacker who looks to effect a game positively in possession and who also probably boasts enormous re-sale value, Griezmann would appear to be well suited to a potential switch to Arsenal.
Manchester United, meanwhile, will surely also dip into the transfer market on more than one occasion prior to the start of next season after a truly dismal 2013/14 campaign.
However, with David Moyes now having been axed, it is as of yet unclear if the club will pursue transfer targets as usual in the coming weeks and months or if they intend to pause and wait for a replacement to take charge at Old Trafford.