Bayern Munich have cleared the way for Arsenal to sign Yann M'Vila, after dropping their interest in the French midfielder.
The Bundesliga outfit are long-term admirers of tough-tackling M'Vila, who is set to quit Rennes this summer following a series of heated arguments with the club's coaching staff.
However, despite initial contact taking place between Bayern and Rennes, the 21-year-old is not Germany-bound, according to his agent Werner Baader.
"We had contact with Bayern Munich over Yann M'Vila," Baader told the French press.
"He is not the kind of player they are looking for at Bayern. They are looking for someone in this position, but they want somebody with different abilities."
The comments will be a welcome boost to Arsenal, who have been tracking M'Vila for around 12 months, and had been anticipating a bidding war between interested parties.
Yet it appears the France star will now be there for the taking, with Rennes reportedly willing to do business for as little as £12million.
M'Vila is contracted until 2015.