Reports over the weekend claimed Liverpool were planning a £10million move for Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can.
The 20-year-old is supremely talented and would be a fantastic addition to Brendan Rodgers’ side, but reports of Bayern Munich’s buy-back clause suggested he would not be heading to Anfield this or any summer.
Bayern sold Can only last year, and quotes from Eurosport's Munich office suggested they had every intention of bringing him back to the Allianz Arena in the future.
At just 20, he had struggled to usurp the midfield talent at Bayern’s disposal, but they were believed to have high hopes that he would return with more experience further down the line.
However true that may be, the reports of Liverpool’s interest continue, but what of the German reaction?
Newspaper Bild spoke to Bayer Leverkusen’s sporting director Rudi Voller and published his quotes on Monday morning.
“There is still no official request,” Voller is quoted as saying, while the club’s manager Michael Reschke went further when he said the following:
“We will do everything we can to keep Emre; becase we are convinced that another year with us would be right for his development.”
So that is the end of it, right? Well, no actually, because having seemingly calmed the flames of speculation Bild then stokes them by claiming that the strong interest of Liverpool means things could change “lightening quick”.
It seems this story still has a few miles left in it. But given Bayern’s continued interest in their former player, it will be interesting to see if they stand back and allow Can to move to Anfield after just a single season at Leverkusen.