Maverick Vinales has denied he has agreed to make a shock move to Aprilia but says he has been thinking about leaving Monster Energy Yamaha since the start of the season.
Talk of Vinales potentially being on the move swept through the paddock at Dutch TT this weekend.
The 26-year-old Spaniard is contracted to Yamaha until 2022 but he has been linked with a switch to become Aleix Espargaro's team-mate next year.
Vinales said he has not agreed on a deal with Aprilia, yet gave a strong indication he will seek pastures new after finishing second behind MotoGP™ championship leader Fabio Quartararo in Assen on Sunday.
"No it's not true," Vinales told DAZN after being asked if he was joining Aprilia
"Now, for the moment we go to the summer break and we'll see.
"Of course it's an option [to move on], I'm thinking about it since the beginning of the season, because I'm not able to show my full potential, I can't tell you more."
Aprilia Racing chief executive Massimo Rivola said the team would ask swiftly if the opportunity to sign Vinales arises.
He told DAZN: "We don't know if Maverick will be on the market for 2022. If he is released by Yamaha, then he will certainly be of interest to us.
"But it is all to be built. First of all, we have to see if the rider is available and if he is willing to come to us. We have not spoken with him yet. But if he is released from Yamaha we will talk to him immediately."