Chelsea and Arsenal have been handed an enormous boost in their pursuit of Robert Lewandowski, with reports suggesting that Manchester United have dropped out of the race to sign the in-demand striker.
25-year-old Lewandowski is one of Europe's most talented attackers, having gone from strength to strength since joining Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund from Lech Poznan during the summer of 2010.
The Polish international notched 24 goals in 29 German top-flight games last season and his future has been hotly-debated for a number of months now.
The aforementioned trio have all been linked with a switch for the prolific frontman, with reports earlier this week claiming that Jurgen Klopp's outfit were seeking a cut-price fee of just £7 million for his services in a last-ditch attempt to prevent him from joining domestic rivals Bayern Munich when his current contract expires at the end of the season.
However, according to the Daily Star, United will not be taking them up on that offer. Reports suggest that Red Devils manager David Moyes - who has endured a woeful start to life in the Old Trafford dugout - is not seeking to add another pure forward to his squad.
With United apparnetly out of the running and Dortmund presumably keen to see Lewandowski avoid a move to Pep Guardiola's Bavarian giants, this would appear to rather open the door for London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea.
Arsenal, who sit top of the Premier League after enjoying a tremendous start to the new domestic campaign, are desperately light in the striker department and currently only have Nicklas Bendtner and young Yaya Sanogo to provide backup for in-form Frenchman Olivier Giroud.
Chelsea, meanwhile, remain well-positioned in the early stages of the title race but have seen their current crop of forwards struggle to find the net on a consistent basis.