Talk of a move to AC Milan for Liverpool’s out-of-favour forward Suso refuses to go away, despite no official approach from the Italian giants being made.
There has been plenty of talk coming out of the Serie A camp, but words mean nothing unless they are backed up by actions.
Perhaps they are trying to unsettle Suso but, given that his current contract is due to expire next summer, why would they need to?
If they wanted the Spaniard that badly, and if he was interested in a move, both parties could bite their lip, wait until the New Year and then enter into pre-contract talks.
There may even have been the possibility of negotiating the early release of the 21-year-old from his terms on Merseyside, with a small fee offered as compensation.
Suso, though, appears to be happy where he is – which also comes as something of a surprise.
Joining a club of Liverpool’s stature is understandably a highlight in the career of any aspiring footballer, but when the door is bolted to the first team ranks, surely the time is right to move on?
Not in this case.
Rather than turning his attention elsewhere or counting down the days until he becomes a free agent, Suso is actively looking to remain in England.
His agent Jaime Serra told MilanNews.it: “Suso is a Liverpool player and his starting idea is to continue with Liverpool. If there's an interested team they have to get in touch with the Reds and find an agreement with them.
“We don't reject any possibility and it would be a pleasure to play with Milan, but first an agreement has to be found with Liverpool because his main choice is to stay where he is.”
He added on reports suggesting an agreement has already been reached with Milan: “I don't know, certainly not with me. You'd have to ask the board of directors at Liverpool.
“Milan asked me what the player's situation was and I explained his qualities. But Suso has a contract until 2015 and in January he can sign with whomever he likes - for Milan, Roma, Liverpool or any team he wants, from the 1st of January.”
Suso made his Liverpool debut back in September 2012, with Brendan Rodgers prepared to give academy graduates a chance upon inheriting the managerial reins at Anfield.
It appeared at that stage as though the youngster was heading towards a bright future, with the Reds adopting a pass and move approach which relied heavily on players being comfortable on the ball.
Suso was, however, to tumble out of favour and into a season-long loan at Almeria in 2013/14.
He experienced another hit and miss campaign back in his homeland and, despite his obvious ability, it is difficult to see how he can now force his way back into the thoughts of Rodgers and justify a contract extension being put to him.