Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has today seemingly ruled out a move for Sami Khedira, insisting they have not approached Real Madrid to try and sign the German World Cup winner.
Real Madrid are desperate to sell the unsettled star. His contract expires in 2015 and Real do not want to lose him for nothing, so are hoping that someone meets the reported £25 million valuation they have on the player so they can ease their wage bill - and ease the pressure of FFP as a result.
However reports have already began circling that they are looking at replacements for Khedira. VfL Wolfsburg star Luiz Gustavo has been linked with a move to The Bernabeu.
And today they have been linked with another defensive midfielder, another who helped his nation to the World Cup final this summer.
Argentine international Lucas Biglia is currently at Lazio. Last summer he himself was linked with a move to Arsenal from Belgian club Anderlecht - he also came very close to joining Norwich City.
But after an impressive second half of the Scudetto with the Romans and a decent World Cup Real Madrid are being linked with a €15 million move for the player in the Italian press.
Of course this would usually perhaps signify that Arsenal could have a chance of signing Khedira. Biglia and Lazio would struggle to reject Real's overtures - leaving Khedira well and truly out in the cold in the Spanish capital.
But Arsenal do not seem keen, leaving other interested suitors to make the move. Or for Real to slash their asking price.