Julio Cesar has categorically denied that he is poised to join Manchester United in the January transfer window.
With Edwin van der Sar approaching his 40th birthday at the end of the month and understudy Ben Foster struggling for form in the Dutchman's absence, this season it comes as no surprise to see United linked with the Inter shot-stopper.
The Brazil international has developed into one of the games leading goalkeepers since joining the Nerazzurri from Flamengo in summer 2005.
Rumours surfaced when Cesar's wife announced earlier this week that a 'big club' had enquired about the 30-year-old but the player dismisses the link.
"I deny everything," he said. "I have a contract with Inter."
Inter technical director Marco Branca has looked to quash the transfer talk by revealing that the club are close to agreeing a new contract with Cesar that would see him extend his deal beyond 2012.
"We are already working on a solution," he said. "Soon his contract will be sorted out. I don't see any problems, the discussions are continuing in a calm way."
The player's agent, Josias Cardoso, however, confessed that the Red Devils have indeed approached Inter about Cesar, but are yet to make a bid although the keeper is set to sign on for Jose Mourinho's men.
"United showed their interest for Julio but until now have not made an official offer," he stated.
"At the moment we are talking with Inter to renew Julio's contract, but we have not yet arrived at an agreement.
"I hope to succeed before the end of the month, that's my aim."