Neven Subotic
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There is no truth to the rumours linking Manchester United with a January move for Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotić, according to the player's agent.

The hugely impressive centre-half had been tipped as a possible long-term replacement for Manchester United stalwart Rio Ferdinand in November, following a succession of underwhelming performances by the Old Trafford veteran.

The Borussia Dortmund star is currently side-lined with a facial injury sustained in last month's victory over Wolfsburg, yet his recent hiatus from first team action has not prevented a flurry of rumours purporting to a possible transfer to Manchester United.

Sir Alex Ferguson is believed to be a huge admirer of the Serbian international, having been credited with an interest in the 22-year-old some 18-months ago. Manchester United's Premier League rivals Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal have all been mentioned as possible suitors in that period as well, but the International Business Times can confirm the rumours are not founded on anything more substantial.

"In regards to any rumours, there is nothing in it whatsoever." Subotić's agent Steve Kelly told the International Business Times UK.

Last month the reputed Manchester United target had allegedly been coveted by Serie A side Roma as well.

"Roma had spoken in the past but at present there is nothing at all. Roma is not in the thoughts of Neven and we have not had relations with them. He will not leave Borussia Dortmund. It is a story without foundation." Kelly said last month.

Subotić and his Borussia Dortmund teammates Mario Götze and Shinji Kagawa are amongst three of the most in-demand young talents on the continent ahead of next month's transfer window.

Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool have all been linked with the trio at various stages recently, but thus far rumours regarding any possible deals appear very unlikely.

Last month the IBTimes confirmed a January move for Götze was impossible ahead of the European Championships next summer. Kagawa's agent recently revealed that the Japanese international was happy in Dortmund and the same would appear to apply to Subotic.