Manchester United fans have grown used to the name Toni Kroos in recent weeks, after the German international was heavily linked with a summer move to Old Trafford.
With his current contract expiring in the summer of 2015, and with negotiations over a new deal with Bayern Munich seemingly at an impasse, it was believed in some quarters that a significant bid could be enough to tempt the reigning European champions' hand.
But now former footballer turned journalist Jan Aage Fjortoft has revealed what he says is the latest twist in the Kroos saga.
The ex-striker writes predominantly on German football and is often the go-to-guy when fans are seeking further information on a transfer rumour, and now he has tweeted that Kroos will not be extending his contract at the Allianz Arena, but that he is likely to remain at Bayern for another season before leaving on a free transfer in 2015.
While that would make little financial sense from the German side's perspective, they are likely to be reluctant to part with such a talented player even considering the fees being touted in the media.
When Fjortoft later tweeted that Bayern wanted Kroos to stay but that the two parties "don't agree on value" one wonders if that could change in the future, or if a player hailed as a solution to United's midfield problems could be one of the most sought-after free-agents in world football this time next year.
You can read Fjortoft's tweets below:
Re Kroos - won't extend his contract - nothing happens before World Cup - most likely at Bayern till 2015 - then FREE— Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) April 13, 2014
Re: Kroos Bayern want him to stay of course. But the parties "don't agree on value..."— Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) April 13, 2014