The future of Arjen Robben at Real Madrid has been in danger ever since the election of Florentino Perez as president at the Spanish powerhouse for a second reign, but the Dutch attacker appeared to have convinced Perez of his qualities with a number of outstanding performances during pre-season.
Nevertheless, on Wednesday a report emerged from England that Robben could leave Madrid after all, as Premier League champions Manchester United are ready to table a bid for the tricky winger.
The Red Devils are not the only team that are keen to sign the Dutch international though. According to German newspaper TZ, Bundesliga powerhouse Bayern Munich are also hot on the trail of the 25-year-old and they are supposedly already in advanced negotiations with the Merengues.
The Bavarians have made a disastrous start to the 2009-10 Bundesliga campaign and are desperate to strengthen their squad in order to fight for the league title again. Robben appears to be one of their main targets on the transfer market.
The report suggests that Madrid and Bayern are already on the verge of agreeing terms and that the transfer could be a done deal before the weekend. The paper did not disclose any details of the proposed move.
UPDATE: Numerous reports in Spain, from AS to La Vanguardia and Antena 3 are also convinced that Robben is bound for Bayern.
It is also speculated that the bargain price of €25 million (more than €10m shy of the original fee Madrid paid to Chelsea) will pave the way for the 'White House' to snap up Ribery from the Allianz Arena next summer.
UPDATE: Bayern Munich have confirmed the negotiations with Real Madrid about Arjen Robben on their official website. However, the Bavarians make it clear that they have not reached an agreement up til now.
Robben's comments about his imminent move to the Bundesliga outfit can be read here.
Stefan Coerts, Goal.com