Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil, who is closing in on a transfer to Arsenal, was reportedly offered to Manchester United earlier this summer, while Manchester City were also presented with an opportunity to sign him.
Ozil is set to leave the Santiago Bernabeu following the arrival of Gareth Bale in a world record deal and, according to The Telegraph, the Germany international was made available for transfer earlier this summer.
Both Manchester United and Manchester City were reportedly approached with regards to a proposed £40 million deal for Ozil, but neither club appeared to actively pursue the possibility.
Manchester United's pursuit of a creative midfielder has been well-documented this summer, with David Moyes desperate to recruit a player capable of softening the blow caused by the retirement of Old Trafford legend Paul Scholes.
But, with Ozil apparently available, Manchester United seemingly instead focused their attention on other potential acquisitions, with Cesc Fabregas of Barcelona identified as the club's top target.
While Manchester United hesitated with the 24-year-old available, Arsenal have swooped to take advantage of Bale's arrival by submitting a club record offer for Ozil.
Arsenal are reported to have agreed personal terms with the former Werder Bremen player, and Ozil is likely to be one of several new players to arrive at the Emirates Stadium on deadline day.