Chelsea have not made a £52million bid for Atletico Madrid pair Sergio Aguero and Diego Godin, despite claims to the contrary by the Spanish club's majority shareholder.
Press Association Sport understands there is no truth to Miguel Angel Gil's assertion that the Barclays Premier League champions attempted an audacious double-swoop for the duo in the past week.
Chelsea refused to comment on the claims, a spokesman saying last night: "We never comment on transfer speculation, no matter how wild it is."
However, it is understood the Blues made no attempt to sign striker Aguero or defender Godin.
Gil also claimed he turned down a £39million bid for Argentina international Aguero from city rivals Real Madrid.
He said: "In the last week, we have received two offers.
"One from Real for Aguero for 45 million euros and the other from Chelsea for Aguero and Diego Godin for 60 million.
"Atletico have said no to the two offers because they believe in these two players."
Chelsea have previously been linked with Aguero, 22, who joined debt-laden Atletico from Independiente in 2006.
Meanwhile, skipper John Terry says Chelsea's 30-somethings still have a number of good years ahead of them.
The England defender remains irritated at suggestions that time may be running out for some players.
Terry, 30, believes the reigning champions can kick on after the emphatic 4-0 victory against Bolton and mount a serious challenge to Manchester United and others.
Asked if the group had a future beyond this season, he said: "I certainly hope so. We all realise we are a small squad and the club are looking at different options.
"I don't want to get into that but, what I will say, if the group has to stay together for the rest of the season we will definitely be right up there.
"We were reading that people don't fear us any more. The message in the dressing room is 'don't fear us at your peril'.
"People were saying things that we showed great experience with the players we have in the squad. Three months later we are all too old.
"We have players who are 30, 31, 32. We have young blood coming through as well. We have a great mix of players.
"One thing you cannot take away from the squad is that winning mentality. That rubs off on everyone coming into the group. You have to win in training, you have to win in games."
Terry also believes striker Didier Drogba is back to his best after a bout of malaria.
Drogba made the breakthrough against Bolton with a magnificent opening goal from 30 yards.
Florent Malouda, Nicolas Anelka and Ramires also got in on the scoring act to hand the team their first win on the road since October.
Terry highlights their attacking options - and having Drogba up and running again.
It was his 10th goal of the campaign - he scored 37 last season - and Terry said: "I think he is over the malaria now.
"I have never had it myself but speaking to people and the doctor here, it does knock you for six.
"Fair play to him, he could have taken two months out but he never did, he wanted to keep on fighting for the team."Reuse content