Arsenal and Liverpool are in a favourable position when it comes to negotiating the transfer of Loic Remy, due to a sliding scale release clause written into the Queens Park Rangers striker's contract.
The Daily Mirror reports how the France international's £8.5 million buyout has been well documented, but that figure can only be activated by teams that finished in the Premier League's top four last season.
An additional clause allows the 27-year-old to leave Loftus Road for a top six side for £11 million, while any interested clubs outside of the European places - like Manchester United - would be forced to pay a whopping £15 million.
That means if new Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal wanted to bring Remy to Old Trafford this summer, he'd be forced to part with £6.5 million more than Arsene Wenger or Brendan Rodgers.
Manchester United have not - at this stage of the summer - been linked with a move for the former Newcastle United loanee, but the likes of West Ham and the aforementioned Magpies are believed to be keen to recruit the player before the close of the transfer window.
Remy scored 14 goals in 26 appearances at St James' Park last season, but Alan Pardew will still be hard pushed to convince his chairman to part with the money needed to bring the player back to Tyneside, particularly when he is available for a significantly lower fee to other teams.
Remy wants big money
His extravagant wage demands of between £80,000 and £90,000-a-week could also price the QPR man out of a summer transfer, with Arsenal's alleged interest having gone quiet following the recent capture of Alexis Sanchez.
Wenger is still thought to be in the market for a central striker to compete with Olivier Giroud at the Emirates Stadium, but it remains to be seen whether he's willing to pay such big wages to a player not guaranteed to start in the Gunners first-team.
Liverpool are known to be in the market for striker reinforcements after the recent £75 million sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona. However, Rodgers is reportedly moving closer to a deal for Swansea City's Wilfried Bony who could arrive at Anfield before the start of the new season.