Reports that Arsenal and Manchester United pursue the same players in the market are not uncommon.
Earlier in the summer, when it became apparent that Thomas Vermaelen's departure from the Emirates Stadium was a foregone conclusion, the Gunners became linked with long-term Manchester United target Mats Hummels, of Borussia Dortmund.
Considering the World Cup winning centre back has recently been awarded the captaincy of BvB, it appears the German star has committed himself to Dortmund's cause, meaning both Premier League sides will now turn their attentions to another defender.
In the latest transfer news, a Manchester City player has reportedly become surplus to requirements after the £32 million acquisition of Eliaquim Mangala, as the club confirmed the deal yesterday, Monday.
The purchase of the thrice-capped France international, 23, effectively pushes Matija Nastasic even further beyond the fringes of first team football at the Etihad Stadium, despite striding out for the club in the ill-fated Community Shield clash with Arsenal last Sunday.
The Manchester Evening News report that, as such, a bidding war that could have materialised had Hummels been available on the market will now take place but with Nastasic as the target.
Nastasic, 21-years-old, has a transfermarkt.co.uk market valuation of £18.48 million.