Liverpool and Tottenham have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Christian Eriksen, with Borussia Dortmund insisting they haven't agreed a deal with the star as of yet.
Eriksen has been one of the most talked about young playmakers in European football in recent seasons, with the 21 year old starring for Ajax after undergoing unsuccessful trial spells at Chelsea and Manchester City.
His fate seems to have played to his advantage, with the youngster now holding three Dutch titles to his name having played a key role in the first team over the last three seasons.
And as a result, Liverpool and Tottenham are amongst a number of clubs monitoring his situation.
Eriksen has refused to sign a new deal with his current club and as he enters the final 12 months of his contract, reports have suggested that the Denmark international had chosen Borussia Dortmund as his new destination.
Dortmund are on the lookout for attacking replacements for Mario Gotze, and though Eriksen is slightly different to the goal-scoring midfielder, he would certainly fit in with the club's youth policy and style of play in general.
But Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc insists that no deal has been done for Eriksen, which will give the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham a boost in making their interest known to Ajax.
"I have read [the Eriksen rumours] with amazement," Zorc told local Dortmund paper Ruhr Nachrichten.
Eriksen will certainly need to make a decision over his future this summer. The £15m-rated attacking midfielder has admitted in recent interviews that he wants to make the move to a club that can offer playing time, which could put both Tottenham and Liverpool in the mix despite neither club being able to offer Champions League football.
But Dortmund's mixture of giving youngsters a chance and challenging for trophies would be tempting for any player, though Eriksen may miss out on a move to the club who are clearly targeting Chelsea starlet Kevin de Bruyne.