Arsenal linked Sami Khedira's chances of moving to Bayern Munich appear to have increased.
From Real Madrid's two early season games, it appears clear that Sami Khedira is not part of their plans.
The 27-year-old was left out of the UEFA Super Cup and German Super Cup sides, and has been consistently linked with a transfer to Arsenal.
With the Gunners a team with three of his German international teammates, and in need of a defensive midfielder, a move seems like a logical fit, especially as the club have the funds to pull off a deal.
Yet they are not the only ones credited with interest, with Bayern Munich emerging as real contenders.
Club honorary president Franz Beckenbauer is keen on a deal, telling SportBILD:
"Khedira would fit into any team. Would here even be a very good fit. He plays incredibly strong the six-position. Either with Schweinsteiger or Lahm together. He would be perfect."
Quizzed on the player's perceived lack of pace, Beckenbauer dismissed it as an issue:
"In midfield, it is not so tragic. The willingness to run as more important than the speed."
Bayern had previously appeared unlikely to enter the race, but a serious injury to Javi Martinez, capable of playing in midfield and defence, has caused them to re-assess their options, especially with selling Toni Kroos to Real Madrid earlier this summer, while Bastian Schweinsteiger has been ruled out for a month.
Khedira has just one year left on his contract at Real, and Bayern could look to reverse the Kroos scenario.
Alternatively they could try to wait it out and sign him on a free next summer, but with Arsenal lurking and Chelsea also linked, it would be a gamble they may rue taking if they do not sign him now.