Manchester United have received a timely boost in their alleged pursuit of Enzo Perez after the Benfica midfielder denied rumours suggesting that he is verging on a move to Valencia.
TalkSPORT reports how the Argentina international has been the subject of intense transfer speculation in recent months, with it looking increasingly likely that he'll depart Estadio da Luz later this summer.
Perez was one of Benfica's standout performers in Portugal last season, and his impressive form in Jorge Jesus's side was rewarded with a place in Alejandro Sabella's 23-man squad for the World Cup in Brazil.
The 28-year-old is yet to feature in the tournament having been an unused substitute in both of his country's Group F games, but remains on the transfer radar of a number of suitors.
MANCHESTER UNITED MONITORING
Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal has been credited with an interest in bringing Perez to Old Trafford this summer as he looks to strengthen Manchester United's midfield department ahead of the 2014/15 campaign.
However, it looked unlikely that the Premier League giants would be able to do a deal for the £20 million-rated star following reports that Valencia representatives had held talks with Benfica over the weekend to conclude a prospective transfer.
But, Perez has responded to these stories by emphatically denying that those talks took place, insisting that his future will not be decided until after the World Cup.
"I feel fine at Benfica but when the World Cup is finished I will resolve my future," he explained. "For now I just want to think about the national team and this competition."
Asked specifically about rumours suggesting he could be on his way to the Mestalla Stadium, Perez added: "There's nothing concrete and nothing signed."
Manchester United still have an opportunity to try and lure the former Estudiantes star to England if Van Gaal wishes, but they'll have to wait patiently after Argentina booked their place in the knockout stages of the World Cup following Saturday's 1-0 win over Iran.
The South American outfit sit proudly top of their group with maximum points from their opening two games, and Sabella could take the opportunity to shuffle his pack and rest key players for Wednesday's clash against Nigeria.
ARGENTINA'S WORLD CUP PROGRESS
Perez will be hoping he is afforded an opportunity to show what he can do in an attempt to force his way into the coach's plans for the remainder of the tournament.
Meanwhile, Van Gaal's Netherlands side will also advance to the last 16 meaning that his tenure as Manchester United manager will be put back further until after the completion of his World Cup duties.