Do Arsenal's chances of signing Sami Khedira look bleak?
Despite reports previously indicating Arsenal were strongly pursuing a deal for Sami Khedira in January, the Gunners do not look like being close to pulling off such a transfer.
The Real Madrid star is yet to sign a new contract, with his deal running down in the summer, leading to speculation Madrid could cash in on him.
Yet they want to convince him to stay and so sanctioning a January transfer at present seems unlikely, an assertion backed by the stance of manager Carlo Ancelotti.
The Italian manager told Spanish television this week that he believes the German is keen on a stay at the Bernabeu.
He said: "There are indications that he can go, but I think he wants to stay here."
Khedira's desire is the main issue in the wrangle over his future. It's natural there will be interest in him, with Manchester United, Chelsea and AC Milan all linked as well as Arsenal.
After six weeks out injured, Khedira returned to action for Madrid a fortnight ago, and has made three appearances from the bench in this time.
The Spanish side aren't rushing him, and with strong options in midfield already, nor do they need to in the midst of a winning run.
With Arsenal prioritising a central defender suddenly due to their lack of cover in the position, the fact their attention will not be focused on signing a player previously considered to be a top target, leaves him with extra reason to consider staying put.