Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says the club have no interest in signing Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea and has indicated that defender Sergio Ramos will remain at the Bernabeu.
ESPN claimed in June that United were looking to swap their wantaway 'keeper with Ramos this summer, however De Gea's inclusion in the club's squad for the pre-season United States tour could yet see him involved next season.
And in a sign that Real's interest in De Gea has gone cold, divisive president Perez has quelled speculation regarding a move for the United stopper by claiming the club have no interest in a deal.
"We are not thinking about our signings right now," the Real chief said, according to the Manchester Evening News. "De Gea belongs to Manchester United and we have nothing to talk about here.
"It will be impossible to replace Casillas because they will not be here for 25 years, that's why we will remember Casillas as a legend."
Meanwhile, Perez has seemingly quashed any hope United had of snatching Ramos away from the La Liga giants by clarifying that only players who openly want to leave the club will be sold this summer.
"The players who are under contract and leave, it's because they want to," he told the media according to Marca. "Then there are players who are under contract and leave, and others who the club don't want to leave. Those players will not depart."
United have already signed four players this summer, with confirmation of Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger's arrival coming before the club left for America on their four-game summer tour.
Injury problems saw Louis van Gaal's defence decimated at times last season, with academy players Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair regularly called upon to fill the void as United's senior defenders were left side-lined.
Radamel Falcao's move to Chelsea, following a season-long loan spell at United, and Robin van Persie's imminent move to Fenerbahce leaves the club with wafer-thin options in attack and this could be area they look to strengthen before the closing of the transfer window.