Atlético Madrid have reinvigorated Liverpool and Manchester United's pursuit of Marco Reus, by denying any interest in signing the Borussia Dortmund winger.
The 25 year-old has been heavily linked with a move to the La Liga club, however Atlético remain adamant they have no intention of signing the German international.
Bayern Munich president says he expects Reus – who has a reported €30m release clause – to leave Dortmund to join either Real Madrid or United in 2015 to further intensify relations between the two Bundesliga rivals, while Liverpool have also registered their interest, despite their spending spree this summer.
But Atlético have ruled themselves out of any race for Reus, with club chairman Enrique Cerezo declaring: "I don't know where the Marco Reus rumour came from. It's a player who, at this time, is impossible for us to sign.
"Look, if he had an offer for a lot of money from [Manchester] United and he has not gone, we will not bring him to us with a lesser offer."
Premiere League buying spree
The news gives both Liverpool and United hope in their pursuit of Reus, who is among Europe's most exciting players, but missed the World Cup due an ankle injury.
Liverpool have already signed eight players this summer, including Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic who can both operate in wide roles, making a move for Reus unlikely, despite Brendan Rodgers' desire to acquire more attackers to offset the loss of Luis Suarez.
United's desire for alternative options in wide areas is more pertinent however, after manager Louis van Gaal criticised the wingers available to him, despite having Adnan Januzaj, Ashley Young, Wilfried Zaha, Antonio Valencia and Nani in his squad.
"At this moment, we have five number nines and four number tens, and we don't have wingers to give us attacking width," he said.
"Or, I should say, we don't have wingers of the highest level, like Ronaldo or Di Maria or somebody like that. So, I have to play in another way – and you have seen that already. I only buy when I think we need to buy – in the position that is necessary."