One man wanted around the globe this summer is German international midfielder Toni Kroos. The maestro has stepped out of the shadow in recent months - becoming a leading light in the Bayern Munich team and German national team.
But while he has been busy helping Germany to the quarter finals of the World Cup in Brazil the rumour mill has been churning back at home.
Of course we all know that Manchester United were once reportedly interested. With new United boss Louis van Gaal the man who gave him his big break at the Allianz Arena, the interest originally touted by David Moyes was expected to be followed up.
Indeed LvG has followed up Moyes interest in a creative midfielder - just not Kroos, but Ander Herrera, who arrived last week.
Chelsea were also tentatively linked as Manchester United's interest cooled but it seems Real Madrid are now the favourites to sign the player.
It was reported at the start of the week that Real had even completed a deal - with an official announcement on a five-year deal due to be made upon Kroos' return from Brazil.
That was rubbished by his agent but now the man himself has had a say - and while Kroos admits nothing will be done until after the World Cup, he certainly doesn't seem to be distancing himself from rumours of a Spanish switch - even United got a mention:
"Now's not the time to talk about that sort of thing. My mind is focussed on Germany and the goal of winning the World Cup. That's what's important right now. I've got a contract with Bayern 'till 2015 and over the last five months I've had plenty of similar situations. When it's not Real, it's United. They're great teams, just as Bayern is. If there's a decision to be made, it'll be after the World Cup".
Kroos is believed to want a move from Bayern this summer, however the German side are ready to let his contract expire in order to keep him for one more season.