The Daily Star are exclusively reporting that Liverpool are 'poised' to make a audacious move for through-and-through Evertonian Ross Barkley.
Last season's Premier League runners-up had an extremely busy summer signing no fewer than 10 new players and parting with 22 either on temporary loan deal or permanent sales.
The UK national newspaper claims that the Reds will lock horn with Manuel Pellegrini's Manchester City over the signing of the 20-year-old, with £50 million being touted as the figure that Everton would need to part with their most prized asset.
Unfortunately for the Star, we are calling you out on this one straight away!
First and foremost, Everton would never even consider selling someone that they have spent so much time nurturing and developing into a first-team player and Engand international to their arch-rivals.
Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright is a very shrewd businessman and knows what it takes to hold onto your best players despite outside influences. He'd also be aware that the fan backlash of selling a highly-rated fan-favourite to their local rival would be enormous for the club, he just would not sanction it, even for the reported £50 million fee.
Also the chances of Ross Barkley wanting to sign for Liverpool are very-very slim. He is Everton born-and-bred and has been in their academy since he was 11-years-old. They are developing a very promising side under Spanish boss Roberto Martinez and when he returns from injury he could be the lynchpin in that team.
Thirdly, and probably the biggest factor keeping him with the Toffees is the fact that amongst all the speculation surrounding him, he committed his future to the club at the end of July by signing a new four-year contract. Which means it's unlikely you will see him in anything other than the colour or Everton or England in the near future.
Despite constant rumours surrounding his future, by far the best place for Barkley to play at the moment is at Everton; only they know his real potential having developed him as a young boy, and his long-term value to them could be way more than any sum than one of the elite clubs could offer.