Nottingham Forest have been forced to bid farewell to so many of their most promising youngsters in recent seasons from Patrick Bamford to Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow to Oliver Burke.
And it seems that Matthew Bondswell could be about to follow in their footsteps.
The Mail reported a month ago that Manchester United were in talks to sign the 16-year-old left-back while ESPN attributed Liverpool with an interest, too. The Anfield giants appeared to have a trump card in negotiations, given that Bondswell is a boyhood Reds fan.
But it seems that both Premier League sides are set to be disappointed.
Because BILD claims that German talent-spotters RB Leipzig have emerged as the front-runners to sign Bondwell this summer. It is understood that the Bundesliga outfit are in pole position to sign the teenager, who will begin life in Leipzig with the U19 side.
Leipzig may have courted controversy for being funded by the energy drink giants Red Bull, but the club’s growth has been largely organic. They are famed for buying young, hungry players and turning them into stars, a la Naby Keita and Timo Werner.
Everton winger Ademola Lookman shone during a loan spell at Leipzig in the second half of last season.
And Bondswell will seemingly join a growing number of English talents heading to Germany, following in the footsteps of Reece Oxford, Jadon Sancho and Keanan Bennetts.