The former Stuttgart midfielder has already said he would be interested in a return to Germany, and Bayern will decide in the next few days whether to meet Arsenal's £18m asking price following talks with the 27-year-old's advisers.

It is understood Hleb has already left his London apartment, and yesterday he said: "There are 10 top clubs in the world, and when a couple are interested in you and offer better terms, surely others would do the same as I have."