Cristiano Ronaldo's list of potential suitors seems to be diminishing by the day, with respected French journalist Sylvie de Macedo having moved to dismiss speculation that Paris Saint-Germain could be the Real Madrid superstar's next destination.
Ronaldo has seen his long-term club future become subject to particularly intense media scrutiny of late, with long-term links concerning the 29-year-old and a potential switch to PSG rekindled not least because of recent comments from the player's girlfriend - high-profile model Irina Shayk - which appeared to hint at her preference for the French capital.
PSG not interested
De Macedo has poured considerable scorn on these particular rumours, however, claiming that the reigning Ligue 1 champions have not sought to recruit Ronaldo and highlighting the predictably messy ramifications of Financial Fair Play if they were to do so.
"This rumour from Cristiano Ronaldo returns every year," he was quoted by the Daily Express.
"To our knowledge, the PSG has not taken any steps to recruit him. How could he with the constraints of financial fair play?"
Manchester United boost
While there is of course still plenty of time for PSG to make a move to bring Ronaldo to the Parc des Princes, the fact that there seems to be no interest in such a deal at present will surely come as a huge source of encouragement to Manchester United.
The Red Devils - who first signed the Portuguese captain from Sporting Lisbon in 2003 and enjoyed six wonderful years of his supreme ability before reluctantly selling him to Real - have been heavily mentioned in connection with a quite stunning £60 million swoop to bring Ronaldo back to Old Trafford.
Chelsea interest dismissed
Chelsea - who fought back from a 1-0 deficit at home to fellow high-flyers Swansea City in style on Saturday to extend their early lead at the top of the table to two points - have also been linked with a move for the 2013 Ballon d'Or winner, with suggestions that Ronaldo could be set to demand a staggering £500,00-per-week deal to return to English football.
Such a rumour was quickly dispelled by manager Jose Mourinho, however, who replied with a simple but telling 'forget it' when questioned about Chelsea's interest during his traditional pre-match press conference last week.
A future transfer to Chelsea for Ronaldo would come as quite a surprise given the way his previously amicable relationship with the notoriously hot-headed Mourinho appeared to disintegrate towards the final stages of the latter's three-year spell in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu.