Arsenal and Manchester United could see some encouragement from the latest developments at Bayern Munich with summer target Toni Kroos.
Both Arsene Wenger and David Moyes have been credited with an interest in the 24-year-old, who has been embroiled in a public relations battle with Bayern over a new contract.
Talks have stalled over an extension and manager Pep Guardiola has dropped him fro the last two matches of Bayern's cruise to the retention of their Bundesliga title - they are 13 points clear at the top and are yet to lose a match.
Interest in Kroos from the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United, along with his current contract stand off, have led to questions of Guardiola about the Germany international's future, but the former Barcelona boss was in no mood to talk about him.
"I'm only going to talk about the players who have played," was his response when quizzed about dropping Kroos, quoted in Die Welt.
It would be a surprise if Bayern sanctioned the sale of a player that had been a crucial member of their historic treble last season, but they may decide they have no choice if no agreement can be made and either the Gunners or the Red Devils make a substantial bid.
Kroos' teammate Philipp Lahm voiced sympathy for him but was adamant that the midfielder could do nothing other than accept the decision of the manager and continue to work hard.
"It's not nice for Toni, that much is clear. But the coach makes the decisions and everyone has to accept them," said the Bayern captain.