Sami Khedira has not opened talks with either Arsenal or Chelsea over a move to the Premier League according to the player's agent, thrusting the World Cup winner's future into further doubt.
Arsenal were reportedly in pole position to sign the 27-year-old Real Madrid midfielder after his contract ran down to just one year.
According to Spanish daily Marca, the Gunners were set to win the race to sign the coveted German after agreeing a £20 million deal with Real Madrid.
Chelsea were also said to be weighing up a bid for Khedira as Jose Mourinho, who managed Khedira at Madrid, looked to continue the London club's summer signing spree after today adding Filipe Luis to their ranks.
But Khedira's agent Jorg Neubauer told Telegraph Sport, he had not even heard from Arsenal or Chelsea.
"We are not in talks with Arsenal. I don't think a fee can have been agreed, otherwise I would have been told," the agent said.
"When a club have an interest I am sure they will call me and we will speak about things. The same goes for Chelsea."
Khedira could eventually wind up in London, and Neubauer's comments may spark Manchester United into action on the day Louis Van Gaal was unveiled as the club's new manager.
United were dealt a blow when Italian giants Juventus said they would not countenance selling Arturo Vidal.
The Chilean, who the Turin club values at £35m, about £15m more than United were willing to part with, was one of Van Gaal's transfer targets as he looks to rebuild a United side that slumped to a seventh place finish in the Premier League last season.
But Khedira's seeming availability could draw Van Gaal into the transfer to make a swoop for him.