Chelsea have been encouraged in their pursuit of the Bayern Munich star Toni Kroos after the player himself denied having agreed terms to join Real Madrid.
Spanish newspaper Marca claimed on Thursday the Champions League winners had already completed the signing of the German international after agreeing terms with both him and Bayern.
According to Marca, Real Madrid will eventually pay £20m to Bayern while Kroos will sign a five-year contract at the Santiago Bernabeu for €5m a year.
However, when questioned the move during the pre-match press conference ahead of Germany's World Cup quarter-final against France, Kroos said: "I can't comment on every article that comes out in the press."
"A week and a half ago I said I would decide my future after the World Cup. As soon as the World Cup is over I'll make a decision; that's not going to happen in the middle of a tournament. I won't sign anything while I'm with the squad," he was quoted by AS.
Meanwhile, his agent Voker Struth added: "Nothing had been made clear from our end. The signing has not been confirmed."
And even the Germany coach Joaquim Low himself rubbished the suggestion.
"I've spoken to him and he told me he has not had personal contact with Madrid. He's focused on the World Cup and will decide afterwards."
Spanish publication Marca insist the deal is all but done and understand that the player denied it purely to remain focused on the World Cup and not will confirm the deal until after the Brazil tournament.
Kroos only has one year left on his contract at the Allianz Arena and has already rejected a renewal, with Real, Chelsea and Barcelona all circling.