Atletico Madrid are embroiled in intense transfer speculation linking them with Borussia Dortmund's prized attacking asset Marco Reus.
Reus, a 25-year-old, is one of the most coveted players left on the summer market as he is alleged to have a release clause as low as £20 million even though his true market value is over twice that amount.
Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United were all believed to have missed out on the talented winger, after it emerged overnight that Atletico were locked in negotiations with BvB.
A transfer fee of anywhere between £21.5 million and £24 million had been suggested, with the money being offered in two instalments: a bulk to exchange hands on completion of the deal and the rest in January, 2015.
However, such reports - which originated in Cope - have been denied by Atleti chief executive Miguel Angel Gil Marin.
A report in Sport, via TVE, claims Gil Marin said: "Reus has never been on the agenda of Atletico and his profile does not fit the current needs of the team."
Sport continued: "Atletico denies reports of Cope, which placed Atletico set to close to close the signing of Reus. Gil Marin, however, did acknowledge that Atletico will try to add a player."