Sporting Lisbon have denied reports that Manchester United have been given first refusal on Miguel Veloso.
Veloso, who can play at the back or in midfield, is the latest youngster to have emerged at Sporting.
United enjoy close ties with Sporting, having signed Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani from them in recent seasons. But a spokesman for the club has denied that Veloso, or any of his team-mates – have been promised to United.
“Manchester United do not have a preference on him (Veloso) or any other players of Sporting Lisbon,” he told skysports.com.
The Under-21 international signed a new deal six-year deal in January of this year – which included a release clause of €30 million.
Despite his lengthy deal Veloso has been tipped to leave when the transfer window re-opens – but reports in Portugal claim that Sporting have agreed with the player that he will not leave until next summer.