Bayern Munich are in talks to complete the shock signing of former Manchester United goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak, but only after being snubbed by Pep Guardiola's primary transfer target Victor Valdes.
Guardiola wanted Valdes to help ease Bayern's growing injury crisis in between the sticks, with both Manuel Neuer's understudies in Pep Reina and Thomas Starke currently sidelined.
Valdes was eyed as the short-term fix to the solution, but his decision to train with Manchester United in a bid to earn a permanent contract has led Guardiola to take shock action and consider handing Kuszczak's career a surprise boost.
Kuszczak deal deserves 'shock' tag
Bayern are on the verge of taking drastic action and are in discussions with Kuszczak's representatives, primarily because he can be drafted in straight away to make sure there's cover for number one Neuer.
Guardiola signed Reina last summer to do just that, but the former Liverpool stopper's yet to make his debut and is now facing a spell out thanks to a persistent calf problem.
Third choice Starke can't fill the void because he needs an operation on his right elbow, but even so moving to sign a 32-year-old released by Brighton at the end of last season looks a drastic step.
Valdes snub something of a surprise
The Daily Mail believes talks between Kuszczak and Bayern have reached an advanced stage, but only because Guardiola has been forced to accept that a free transfer for Valdes won't materialise.
Guardiola had hoped that the bond he built with Valdes at Barcelona would persuade him to join Spain colleague Xabi Alonso at the Allianz Arena, but another former mentor in Louis van Gaal now looks set to the win the race for his signature.
Deal for De Gea's new understudy moving forward
Van Gaal has handed Valdes the chance to prove he's on track to make a full recovery from surgery on his posterior knee ligament, an injury which effectively cost him a lucrative summer move to Monaco.
Valdes worked with United's physios for the first time on Friday and is expected to train with the first team later this week, in the hope he can prove to Van Gaal he deserves a full contract.
Under the right conditions both Bayern and United could now both make new signings in the next two weeks, but you'll forgive fans of the two European giants from not doing cartwheels over either deal.