Arsenal's summer transfer window has taken on a swifter approach than that of seasons past, with the club already sealing deals for Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers.
However, the Gunners remain closely linked with what could ultimately turn out to be their most essential deal of the summer, Sami Khedira.
Arsene Wenger is hesitant to reveal any major details regarding the club's summer business, but his side may yet add the Real Madrid midfielder to its ranks, with latest information on a host of targets discussed ahead.
In the build-up to this weekend's Emirates Cup extravaganza, Wenger was quizzed on his club's chances of bringing in Khedira this summer, per Jamie Sanderson of Metro, to which he replied: "I don't want to give you any names. We are not close to signing anybody at the moment."
Khedira's potential deal has taken on yet another shape of late, with talkSPORT confirming that Bayern Munich are interested in cutting a deal for the 2014 World Cup winner themselves:
This is despite Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge dismissing any reports in the Spanish media linking his side with the former Stuttgart star, per German press agency DPA (h/t ESPN FC's Ian Holyman), saying: "That is pure speculation."
Ben Burrows of the Mirror claims that Real are eager to cash in now rather than lose Khedira to Bayern for free next summer when his contract expires, but that's only if Arsenal are willing to stump up the significant fee on top of the player's wages.
What looked as though it could be a done deal is now far more uncertain after the agent of Juan Quintero denied reports that his client was poised for a medical at the Emirates Stadium.
Ricardo Calleri spoke to Portuguese website MaisFutebol (h/t Sky Sports), insisting the Porto sensation, signed from Pescara last summer, would cost the full £31.5 million value of his release clause:
Porto have never talked about negotiating the sale of Juan Quintero. Of course, there are clubs interested. There is a lot of interest from clubs from Spain and England in the player. But in order for him to leave, a club has to pay his buy-out clause.
This would appear to rule out Metro's report on Friday that not only was the Colombian international on his way to north London but that the Gunners were set to tie up the deal for half of the player's release clause:
Meanwhile, South American football writer Rupert Fryer questions the validity of the hype currently surrounding the 21-year-old:
I absolutely adore Quintero but calm down a bit, he hasn't even adapted to Portugal yet. Premier League would be a ginormous ask.— Rupert Fryer (@Rupert_Fryer) August 1, 2014
Porto are by renown a club who deal in dramatic profit when it comes to the quick turnaround of their players, and Quintero could join fellow Colombians Radamel Falcao and James Rodriguez in making the Dragons a substantial profit.
Another target thought to be slipping out of Arsenal's sight is 15-year-old wunderkind Georgios Spanoudakis, who recently spent time on trial in north London.
According to Metro writer Lee Hurley, the teenager turned down a contract from the Gunners in order to join Stuttgart in his native Germany, and the player's Twitter profile biography would seem to confirm the capture:
Hurley also quotes Spanoudakis in posting confirmation of the switch on his Facebook page, saying: "Happy to have reached an agreement with a great club like VfB Stuttgart. Can't wait to start the season. Thanks to FC Barcelona for the 5 unforgettable years."
The former Barca starlet was a sought-after target for Europe's powers, but this is one youngster Arsenal will have to chalk up on the loss column.