Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus has not held talks over a move to Bayern Munich despite speculation created by a cheeky admission from Karl Heinz-Rummenigge earlier this week.
That is according to his agent Dirk Hebel, who has attempted to downplay rumours of an imminent Dortmund exit created by Rummenigge's claims that Reus has a ludicrously cheap €25m buyout clause in his current contract.
Rummenigge made that claim in Bild on Wednesday and Hebel has used the same publication to flatly deny Reus is set to join Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski in making a bitter Bundesliga switch, at least not just yet anyway.
No contact at this stage
Hebel's short and sweet denial to Bild, which was republished by Goal.com this afternoon, read: "We had no contact with Bayern."
Manchester United and Liverpool are surely interested observers as Reus becomes the latest star to be persistently linked with a lucrative switch away from the Westfalen, although at this stage neither Premier League giant has made an attempt to hold concrete talks.
Bayern have a proven track record of raiding their fiercest Bundesliga rivals for top talent in recent times, but this particular chase may take some time to unfold.
Dortmund poster boy
Reus is under contract with BVB until 2017 and are desperate to build a new, exciting team around the clever, versatile forward for the long-term.
Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has already used words such as "figurehead" and "
The decision will be taken out of their hands though if the much-rumoured release clause is met, although Reus is battling back from the heartache of missing on the World Cup through injury and looks all set to stay at Dortmund for another season at least.
Premier League interest
There's no question that both Liverpool and United are still on the lookout for top-class recruits ahead of the new campaign though, so don't be surprised if they follow-up on Rummenigge's outburst and investigate the possibility of signing a proven attacker at the highest level in either of the next two transfer windows.
Bayern will be very confident of persuading Reus to stay in the Bundesliga if push comes to shove though, with the chance to reunite Lewandowski and Gotze at the Allianz Arena and compete for Champions League glory every season tough to turn down.
At this stage though Bayern are happy with what they've got, although with wing wizards Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery the wrong side of 30 this is a slow burning transfer saga which will no doubt demand your attention moving forward.