Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov is not in talks with Bayer Leverkusen over a deal, according to the German club, as fellow front man Danny Welbeck reportedly stalls over contract talks with the Red Devils in the hopes of garnering a higher wage.
According to the Daily Mail, Welbeck has asked for a wage in the vicinity of £60,000 per week, but Sir Alex Ferguson has so far refused to meet his demands.
The striker's current deal with United expires in summer 2013, and while contract talks were moving along to extend that deal, with the likes of Phil Jones, Tom Cleverley and Chris Smalling on less wages than what the England international is asking for, Ferguson sees his terms as unrealistic.
Meanwhile, fellow striker Dimitar Berbatov has been the subject of a great deal of transfer speculation over the past year.
The sharp shooter, who found great form over the Christmas break, scoring six goals in three matches, has been linked with a possible move to Leverkusen. But the German side's executive Wolfgang Holzauser insisted no such talks are taking place.
"I have been reading that Dimitar [Berbatov] would have flown over to Frankfurt and that we would be in for him there to negotiate a transfer. That was interesting news to me," he told the Express, as reported by Sky Sports.
"I am clearly out to never say never, but this is nothing we are looking forward to at this point in time.
"And from today's point of view I would also say we are not after him in the coming summer."
Berbatov's elusive agent, Emil Danchev, also backed up the club's claims, insisting that the Bulgaria international is happy at United for the short term future at least.
"The only thing that I can say is that at this moment the eventual transfer of Berbatov to another club is not on the agenda," he told Sovetski Sport.
Ferguson may have ruled out any incoming talent in the January transfer window, but United seem to be dealing with the possibility of a large group of talent leaving the side, with contract talks currently taking place with Ravel Morrison, Paul Pogba, and now also Welbeck.
Berbatov's current deal at Old Trafford runs out this summer, but United have the option to extend the agreement by a year if they wish.
Ferguson insisted at the end of last year that the club would be doing so, and particularly with Berbatov displaying top form at the turn of 2012, the club will be hoping to keep him on board as the season hits the business end.
United are currently second in the table, and are one game behind title leaders Manchester City. Wayne Rooney has been on fire for the side, and while all the talk is currently surrounding Robin van Persie's scoring form in the Premier League, Rooney is not far behind him with 18 goals so far this season to van Perise's 22.
Welbeck, meanwhile, has found the net eight times, the same amount at Berbatovand Luis Nani. The 21 year old has done so in 21 appearances for United.