Spaniard Contador, one of five riders with wins in all three Grand Tours, Italy, Spain and France, is under contract with the Kazakh-funded Astana team until 2010.
"Right now, we are waiting. We must see whether the UCE are going to grant a ProTour licence to Astana," Quick Step manager Patrick Lefevere told the Gazet van Antwerpen.
"If they do not, we would have the opportunity to recruit Contador. We are in concrete talks with him. I have been negotiating with his manager. I have had two interviews with Contador himself, the last one on Friday."
Astana, who have experienced financial difficulties this year, have yet to be granted a licence to race at the highest level next season.
Contador said last week he was still unsure which team he would be racing for in 2010, adding that he had been looking at Caisse d'Epargne, Garmin-Slipstream and Quick Step as possible alternatives.Reuters
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"It was difficult after the long and intense season he has had...we have spoken and concluded it was best that he doesn't go to Mendrisio," Spain manager Jose Luis De Santos said in a statement on the Spanish federation website.
The world championships are in Mendrisio, Switzerland, between September 23 and 27.
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Leipheimer said he plans to race the Tour of California, the Dauphine Libere and the Tour de France in 2010.
"Those are my three favorites races and top my objectives for next year," he said.
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The 35-year-old, who missed the 2007 and 2008 Tours de France after testing positive for banned substance salbutamol, leaves the LPR Brakes team.
He will replace world champion Alessandro Ballan, who is poised to join American team BMC next year.
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