Sebastian Kehl, a Borussia Dortmund director, has categorically rejected claims that Manchester City had agreed to sign Erling Braut Haaland.
Pep Guardiola's side is considered frontrunners to acquire Haaland, although they will face stiff competition from Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Paris Saint-Germain.
According to a recent source, City think they have already won the race for the 21-year-signature, old's who is also willing to finalize a move to the Etihad Stadium.
However, Kehl has since pointed to Haaland's €80m (£67m) buyout option, telling Sky Deutschland: "There is a release clause, you know, and there is a deadline.
"We want to make a decision as soon as possible. Erling always wants to play and you always try to make a good decision together with him."
When asked whether any team had shown an interest in paying Haaland's release clause, Kehl vehemently said, "No."
Haaland has 25 goals and nine assists in 26 games for Dortmund this season, including two goals in Saturday's 6-1 Bundesliga victory against Wolfsburg.