Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur have been dealt a blow in their alleged pursuit of Louis van Gaal, after it emerged the Holland head coach has his sights set on replacing Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.
According to the Sunday People, the 62-year-old - who is set to leave his role with the Netherlands after the 2014 World Cup this summer - is currently keeping his options open, but definitely wants a job in the Premier League.
Van Gaal has been heavily linked with the White Hart Lane post, following news that Tim Sherwood will not be staying on as Spurs boss beyond the end of the season.
There have been suggestions that the Dutchman has already held talks with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy, but at this stage they have not formally agreed terms for Van Gaal to take over.
His name has also been mooted as a contender to succeed David Moyes at Old Trafford, with rumours that he could be sacked following a disappointing debut campaign as Manchester United manager.
However, latest reports now intimate that Van Gaal is monitoring Wenger's contract situation at the Emirates Stadium closely, with a view to potentially becoming the new Gunners boss.
Many hope that the Frenchman will sign a new deal to extend his stay in north London, but that could depend on the outcome of Arsenal's FA Cup campaign, having booked their place in this year's final following a penalty shoot-out victory over holders Wigan Athletic in the semi-final at Wembley on Saturday.
As for Van Gaal, it remains to be seen where he will end up, but it looks increasingly likely that the former Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Ajax head coach will return to club football after the World Cup this summer.