Real Madrid are prepared to offload Sami Khedira in January after the midfielder lambasted the Spanish press just days after saying the team were struggling under new boss Carlo Ancelotti.
The comments are sure to have alerted Manchester United boss David Moyes who submitted a huge offer of €40m to Madrid for the German midfielder during the finals days of the summer transfer window.
Neither United or Madrid commented on the bid and it was actually Khedira that made the public aware of the offer when he explained that he was not given time to discuss a potential move to Old Trafford.
"The club turned down the offer and that was it," stated Khedira during a press conference for the German national team. "We didn't really have the chance to discuss it. I had a longer chat with Carlo Ancelotti a few weeks ago and it was relatively clear to me that I'd stay at Real."
The 26 year old joined Madrid in 2010 along with fellow Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil and was critical of the club's decision to sell him to Arsenal, saying: "The loss of a player of Mesut's quality would weaken any team."
Khedira would then once again feel the wrath of the club after stating that there was no team spirit in the squad since the arrival of Ancelotti.
"We aren't playing well. We may have had some good moments, but for large parts of games we have been playing in a complicated way, we have been too individual," said Khedira.
"I don't know if it's just a question of time, or something else, but we still haven't found ourselves as a team."
However, it seems the final straw may have come with the midfielder's latest comments as Spanish publication El Economista declared that Real Madrid are so unhappy with his latest interview that they are prepared to sell him in January.
Khedira told German publication Kicker: "I feel insulted by the Spanish press, I will never be one of their favourite sons," the German player told Kicker.
"I began the season on the bench and once again I've been made a scapegoat. They don't value me, even when I play well. I'm not Spanish, I didn't cost a lot and I'm a disciple of Mourinho."
Should Madrid decide to sell Khedira then there is sure to be plenty of interest around Europe in a midfielder who was instrumental in the Spanish side winning the league under Mourinho and who is a key performer for Germany.
With Manchester United struggling somewhat in the early stages of the season and Moyes coming under pressure for failing to fully address the club's problems in midfield, they may well decide to make a renewed bid for Khedira in January.
Having seen the immediate impact that Ozil has had at Arsenal, Moyes may well feel that Khedira is exactly the sort of player needed to boost both performances on the pitch and morale away from it.