Manchester United's summer transfer hopes were given a boost when Argentine midfielder Enzo Perez denied he'd agreed a deal with Valencia.
The Benfica midfielder has been linked with a move to Old Trafford but it appeared
Spain would be his destination this summer.
However, according to TalkSport, Perez has denied any agreement has been made with the Spanish outfit, despite rumours that representatives from Valencia and Benfica had met in Brazil to discuss a £20million move.
Questioned about the interest from Juan Antonio Pizzi's side, Perez reportedly said: "There's nothing concrete and nothing signed."
The Benfica star is currently in Brazil with Alejandro Sabella's Argentina squad, and he's insisted the World Cup is the only thing on his mind right now.
Perez said: "I feel fine at Benfica but when the World Cup is finished I will resolve my future. For now I just want to think about the national team and this competition."
The news will come as a boost to incoming Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal who is in the market for a central midfielder this summer.
United struggled in that position last season with Marouane Fellaini struggling to impress after a big money move from Everton while Tom Cleverley has yet to prove he's got what it takes to become an Old Trafford star.
The signing of Perez would add much-needed creativity to the centre of the park, with the 28-year-olds vision and passing a key part of his game.
His fine form for Benfica last season helped the club to a domestic treble, while also taking them all the way to the Europa League final.
Perez, however, was sent off in the second leg of their semi final tie against Juventus and was sorely missed as Benfica were defeated on penalties by Sevilla to finish the season as Europa League runners-up for a second successive year.
Though he would have been left sorely disappointed by that defeat, there was light at the end of the tunnel for the former Estudiantes man as he was a surprise inclusion in Argentina's World Cup squad.
Having made his debut in 2009 under then coach Maradona, Perez had only gone on to win a total of seven caps in five years but he was selected ahead of Ever Banega.
Despite being named in the 23-man squad, the Benfica midfielder has yet to appear in the tournament with Javier Mascherano, Angel Di Maria, Maxi Rodriguez and Fernando Gago being given the nod in Argentina's opening two fixtures.
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