Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has dismissed reports suggesting that they have agreed a deal with Barcelona for defender Mats Hummels.
The 24-year-old defender has been linked with Manchester United this week, with David Moyes ready to trigger an apparent £29.5m release clause in Hummels' contract.
But Moyes was dealt another transfer blow after German publication Bild reported that Barcelona had already agreed a deal with the Bundesliga as they look for a long-term replacement for Carles Puyol.
However, Klopp has dismissed that report out of hand, insisting no contact has been made regarding interest in the centre-back.
He told reporters: "Im not annoyed by this news. It's totally normally.
"I think it's still a sign of this club's positive development.
"Actually it's cool that players in our team can see themselves playing for other top clubs.
"The problem is a different one. We're not known for talking nonsense.
"Mats Hummels is probably popular with lots of clubs. I can imagine that being true.
"But the rumour that we agreed on a certain price with Barcelona - that's the point when the rumour becomes annoying.
"This is something no one needs especially when it's simply not true."
The news will come as music to the ears of Moyes who is keen to find replacements for the ageing centre-back pairing of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic at Old Trafford.
Manchester United are in need of a success in the transfer window to appease fans after a disappointing summer.
Moyes failed to bring in a number of targets including Thiago Alcantara, Cesc Fabregas and Anders Herrera.
A disappointing start to their Premier League title defence has left Sir Alex Ferguson's replacement under pressure and losing out of the Dortmund star to Barcelona will only add to that.
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