Karim Benzema's agent has denied that he has held talks with Manchester United over a potential move, and says the French striker wants to stay put at Real Madrid.
The Red Devils are on the lookout for a new forward in the transfer work after opting against signing Radamel Falcao on a permanent basis, and Benzema has been suggested as the man for the job.
Reports claimed that Benzema could be used as part of Real Madrid's move to try and sign David de Gea, and that Manchester United chief Ed Woodward had already held talks over a €40 million deal. However his agent Karim Djaziri says that isn't the case and insists that Benzema will remain in Spain unless the club want him out.
He told Marca: "I haven’t met with any club in London. Not with United, and not with anyone else. We haven’t held talks with anyone other than Real Madrid.
"What is Karim going to do in Manchester? He’s happy in Madrid. He doesn’t want to leave. Benzema would only leave if Real Madrid told him he was surplus to requirements, because he isn’t going to leave of his own accord."
That means Manchester United are likely to look elsewhere for a new forward as they gear up for a return to the Champions League. Edinson Cavani has been suggested as a possible target, while reports continue to suggest that a move for either Gareth Bale or Cristiano Ronaldo could be on the cards.
Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal is likely to spend big this summer on a host of top players. He splashed £150 million last summer is likely to do the same again - and his first port of call is likely to be a goalkeeper.
David de Gea is said to be close to joining to Real Madrid and either Petr Cech or Hugo Lloris are being lined up as potential alternatives.
Manchester United's hunt for a new forward goes on and truth be told there aren't too many options out there. Cavani would be ludicrously expensive and Benzema will evidently be hard to prise away from Madrid.