Xherdan Shaqiri appears certain to leave Bayern Munich this January after Bayern Munich club president Franz Beckenbauer admitted so.
Shaqiri has been linked with Premier League trio Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool, and his exit now appears unavoidable.
Beckenbauer told German channel Sport1: "Bayern have already sent out a signal and indicated to him that he can probably go into the winter break, when he wants.
"I think it's a shame because he is a great talent."
Shaqiri scored a hat-trick at the World Cup for Switzerland and has been touted as a huge talent for many years.
He is known well to Manchester United after he helped Basel knock them out of the Champions League in 2010.
The 23-year-old has made only three Bundesliga starts for Bayern Munich this season, with five appearances from the bench.
His main problem at Bayern is not his talent, more the supreme stars in front of him, Arjen Robben and Xherdan Shaqiri.
Liverpool attempted to buy him in the summer but Bayern wanted to give it another go, but Shaqiri is keen to go and play regular football, and has successfully made his case to the club.