Could Arsenal or Liverpool have been the clubs to benefit the most from Borussia Dortmund's £8 million capture of former Manchester United playmaker Shinji Kagawa?
There has been much speculation that the arrival of the 25-year-old Japan international could have acted as the catalyst for the big-money sale of German forward Marco Reus and, considering the press attention his contractual situation received throughout the summer, combined with the revelation that Arsenal attempted a £40 million+ bid for the attacker on transfer deadline day - that notion appears to have credence.
Borussia Dortmund chairman Hans-Joachim Watzke has responded to these reports by issuing a clear statement - the two BvB favourites can play together, at the Westfalenstadion.
"We have a great mix of dynamism, security [in the way we play] football and experience.
"We need to keep [Kagawa and Reus] there - [they are] two top players in the game."
Watzke believes Kagawa's form and the way Dortmund will compete this season will inspire Reus to remain with the club: "Marco sees what is emerging here, I'm sure."