Manchester United have entered the race to sign Liverpool midfielder Emre Can.
The German international has begun the final year of his contract at Anfield and talks over an extension appear to have reached an impasse.
Can is reported to be asking for a relatively low release clause to be put into any deal before he is prepared to put pen to paper.
But the club are not prepared to allow him to have the option to leave on the cheap – despite the prospect of losing him on a free transfer next Summer.
Italian champions Juventus have been chasing the former Bayer Leverkusen midfielder since last season and are hopeful of doing a deal in January.
The Serie A club saw offers of around £30m rejected in the Summer to take him to Italy, but Liverpool immediately turned the offers down.
Manager Jurgen Klopp is keen to keep his compatriot at Anfield, but he will not be held to ransom by the demands of Can and his representatives.
RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita will arrive next Summer, so Klopp already has a potential successor for Can in his team lined up.
But losing Can to rivals Manchester United would be a bitter pill to swallow for both the German boss and the supporters alike.
Old Trafford chief Jose Mourinho is said to be keeping a close eye on the situation and is prepared to try and swipe Can from under Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri’s nose.