Mats Hummels’ agent has played down speculation that the Borussia Dortmund defender is set to move to Barcelona in the summer.
Rumours of a possible transfer for Hummels, who is under contract at Dortmund until 2017, have heated up in Germany, with football weekly Sport Bild saying: “Hummels sensation! Barcelona want BVB star in the summer.”
The article suggested the Catalan club were preparing to bring in the Germany international as a replacement for Carles Puyol.
“That’s my agent’s business,” Hummels told Sport Bild, doing little to dispel the rumours.
However, his father and agent, Hermann Hummels, said he had not even spoken to the Catalan giants.
“I have had no contact with Barcelona. I have heard those rumours before. Often, there is something to it. Every ambitious footballer always has some European clubs he could imagine playing for - Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United belong to that category.
“This, however, does not mean the player makes the switch,” he told Sport Bild.
Elsewhere, Ilkay Gundogan is another Dortmund player to have been linked with a move to Barca.
The midfielder has won rave reviews for his performances this season, and the German champions are desperate to tie him to a new contract.
“He knows we want to continue to work with him,” Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc told kicker.
Gundogan is not believed to be in a hurry to rush into talks with the club, however. His agent and father Irfan Gundogan told kicker they would not enter into negotiations until the end of the season.