Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has denied that Manchester United have agreed personal terms with Barcelona star Dani Alves.
Football agent Francois Gallardo, who has an increasing reputation for making headline-grabbing comment, claimed that the Brazilian had already agreed a deal in principle to move to Old Trafford.
With Chelsea and Liverpool both chasing Alves, such an agreement would have represented a significant coup for Louis van Gaal. However, Balague says that Alves still has every chance of staying at Barcelona and is in talk with Nou Camp officials over a new contract.
Balague tweeted: "Alves has NOT signed for United. He's negotiating a new contract with FCB. Main sticking point: club wants wages reduced. So his future not decided yet"
Alves could leave Barcelona for free next summer if he fails to agree a new contract and can legally start discussing a pre-contract with other clubs in January. As such, an agreement with Manchester United would have broken Fifa rules and was always unlikely.
However, it would have been no surprise to see Van Gaal agree to meet Alves's £96,000-a-week contract demands. The Dutchman has been no stranger to big deals since arriving at Old Trafford in the summer.
"If the club [Barcelona] wanted to renew Alves they would have done it already. I would not do things they way they have." - Dinorah Santana [Alves's agent]
The news will come as a significant boost to both Jose Mourinho and Brendan Rodgers, who were both hoping to bring Alves to their respective clubs. Both Liverpool and Chelsea want experience on the right flank and the 31-year-old can certainly offer plenty of it.
The player's agent, Dinorah Santana, has hinted that Alves will in fact leave when his contract expires.
She said last week: "If the club [Barcelona] wanted to renew Alves they would have done it already. I would not do things they way they have."
"We will leave the suitors until December or January... then we'll decide who to marry."