The confusion surrounding Toni Kroos' future at Bayern Munich continues, with Barcelona now entering the race for his signature.
Kroos, now 24, arrived in Bavaria from Hansa Rostock as a 16-year-old in 2006, and whilst he spent 18 months on loan with Bundesliga rivals Bayer Leverkusen, he has since become a key player for Bayern Munich and even the German national team in recent years.
Yet with Bastian Schweinsteiger, Javi Martinez, Thiago Alcantara and Phillip Lahm now all competing for roles in the Bayern midfield, speculation over the last six months has suggested that Kroos will look to be sold - unless he is offered a new contract and reassurances over his role at the Allianz Arena.
Bayern have so far refused to give him a new deal, but Kroos was still expected to be with the club until at least January so all parties can assess the situation.
Manchester United were widely expected to make a move for Kroos in the January transfer window, and whilst a deal didn't go through, the speculation increased when his former Bayern boss Louis van Gaal took over from David Moyes at Old Trafford.
More teams have joined the race as Chelsea and Real Madrid have both been linked with big money moves to take him away from Munich, and now another team has joined this complicated race - Barcelona.
The Catalan giants are undergoing a huge rebuild this summer after the exit of manager Gerardo Martino, and whilst they have already added Ivan Rakitic to their midfield from Sevilla, the departures of Cesc Fabregas and Xavi mean new boss Luis Enrique could still be looking for another midfielder.
Kroos could be seen as very similar in style to Rakitic, but luring him away from Bayern - and beating Chelsea, United and Real to his signature - would be huge for the club.