The accusations that Manchester City surpassed the British transfer fee record by shelling out £47 million for tireless forward Carlos Tevez have been denied by the player's representative, Kia Joorabchian, who further criticised the "misleading" and inaccurate reports.
The exact figure that Mark Hughes' Eastlands outfit spent on Tevez is a subject of debate, with the accepted price speculated in the summer to be £25 million.
However, recent reports indicated that Manchester United doubted their local rivals spent as low a figure as that on the Argentina international, speculating that the £32.5 million that City spent on Real Madrid forward Robinho had again been exceeded.
The £47 million figure, according to Joorabchian, is way off the mark.
"This story is inaccurate and misleading," he is reported to have said by the Daily Mail.
"There appears to be the hand of mischief at work as the numbers quoted are fictitious.
"There was also no mystery about the true details as full disclosure was made both to the Football Association and the Premier League."
Alan Dawson, Goal.com UK