Liverpool are pursuing midfield targets, but if they cannot land one this summer could it mean one midfielder will stay put?
The Reds have been credited with interest in the player, but after a summer where the Bundesliga side have lost a couple of their midfield stars already, they are keen to keep hold of the 20-year-old for another year, the report states.
That is said to not deter Liverpool from trying to sign him the following summer as he is viewed as a player for the long-term.
This does come at a time when the Reds have a couple of senior midfield players with just one year left on their contracts in Lucas Leiva and Joe Allen.
Swansea City have officially registered their interest in Allen while Lucas could be used as a centre-back as well as a midfield option going into next season after it was confirmed that Kolo Toure was released by the club on Friday.
It could mean there is a role for Allen to continue as a Liverpool player even with a bid registered for Pitor Zielinski.
Allen has entered the final year of his contract and there appears to be no movement on offering him a new deal, and Liverpool do have an opportunity to cash in on him this summer, as they would not want to lose him on a free transfer when he is 27 next summer.
But Allen has shown he is capable of doing a reasonable job for manager Jurgen Klopp since his appointment, and he showed his qualities again for Wales in their win over Slovakia during their Euro 2016 opener.
It would, however, mean offering him some kind of extension if they wanted to let him go for a fee the following summer. Liverpool probably have other targets in the midfield but if one cannot be attained it only lends hope to someone like Allen that he can prolong his time at Anfield.