Despite some sources claiming a fee had been agreed between Manchester United and Atletico Madrid for David de Gea, Sir Alex Ferguson has dismissed this as just a rumour.

Ahead of his trip to Germany to watch our semi-final opponents, Inter or Schalke, the manager claims we’re linked to too many players for him to respond to each one.

“On Italian television I am supposed to be signing two players from Italy tonight, so I can place that story along with those,” he said. “There is always speculation about who we are going to sign. So many people throw names at me. I can’t answer it.”

Atletico chief Miguel Angel Gil Marin also denied the claims last night, saying: “As of today, Atletico count on him for next season.”