Ajax have denied suggestions that midfielder Christian Eriksen will join Liverpool despite reports sweeping Holland that the Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur target has agreed a deal to move to Anfield.
Eriksen is one of the hottest properties in Europe having produced a series of impressive displays in the Champions League and Europa League for the Eredivisie leaders.
Countless clubs in England have been credited with interest in Eriksen, who underwent two unsuccessful trial spells at Stamford Bridge at 14 and 15 years old.
United have long tracked his progress; though Liverpool looked to have stolen a march on their bitter rivals when local reports claimed a deal had been confirmed.
But Ajax insist no such agreement is in place for their prized asset.
"We will send out a press release when there is an agreement," press manager Eefje Schep told Danish TV2.
"Also if there is only a deal between Ajax and the club. So at this time there is no agreement between Ajax and Liverpool.
"Whether we negotiate or not, we do not comment on transfer rumours.
"Right now Christian Eriksen is focused on very important games we have to play at the end of the season."
Eriksen alerted clubs around Europe to his availability by refusing to sign a new deal with Ajax, with his current contract expiring in the summer of 2014.
"Christian has informed us that he won't be signing a new deal with us at this time," director Marc Overmars told Voetbal International at the time. "I think that he and his agent will want to see what options are available in the summer."
Sir Alex Ferguson previously admitted he admired the star, who could serve as a long term replacement for Paul Scholes, after his performances against United in the Europa League last season.
And though United look set to clinch a record 20th title this season, Ferguson will no doubt be looking to build on his squad in the summer as he targets further European success.
For Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers has been planning for long-term success ever since coming into the managerial post at Merseyside last summer.
With signings Samed Yesil and Oussama Assaidi joining the club last year, Eriksen would be a fine addition as a player who can not only produce top performances at the highest level, but whose potential to improve is immeasurable.
With The Reds handing first team opportunities to younger players such as Raheem Sterling, Suso, Andre Wisdom and Jack Robinson this season, Eriksen could be convinced to head to Liverpool irrespective of the side not offering European football, if he believes he will get maximum game time.
But it's not just United and Liverpool who will have to compete for Eriksen's signature, with the star admitting this week that he would also be interested in a move to Manchester City or Paris Saint Germain.