Zenit St Petersburg insist Tottenham Hotspur target Axel Witsel will not be sold for a penny less than his €100m (£72.8m, $112m) release clause. The Daily Telegraph suggest Mauricio Pochettino is still keen to add two more players to his squad before transfer deadline day on 1 September, a striker to ease the burden on Harry Kane and a powerful midfielder.
While the club also remain strongly linked with Southampton's Victor Wanyama, Witsel, 26, has emerged as another possible target with Sky Sports suggesting the north Londoners have submitted an offer of £13.1m for the Belgium international.
But Zenit have no interest in cashing in on the player who arrived for the club as part of the £64m deal that also brought Brazil striker Hulk to the club in 2012. "The Belgian is still a Zenit player, the amount for his release clause is €100m," a statement from Zenit said, as reported by Goal.
Tottenham may now have to turn their attention to Wanyama. According to BBC Sport Southampton have already rejected the Kenya international's transfer request, with manager Ronald Koeman insisting on 30 August the player is not for sale despite criticising his recent lack of focus.
"The situation is with Victor that he has lost some focus to the team. And that is why he took him out of the squad today," Koeman said "If he keeps going like this, he is playing with his future." He added: "Nobody is for sale and the players have to accept that.
Tottenham have signed four players this summer, strengthening their defensive options with the trio of Toby Alderweireld, Kieran Trippier and Kevin Wimmer. Clinton Njie has also been brought in from Lyon as a further option in attack, but Pochettino is still keen to add more firepower to his squad.