Mario Gotze is reported to have been told he is free to leave Bayern Munich this summer amid speculation he is wanted by Liverpool.
Gotze has started only 10 games in the Bundesliga this season and is said to have sought talks with incoming coach Carlo Ancelotti over his future.
Sueddeutsche Zeitung reports those talks did not go well, with Ancelotti apparently informing Gotze it might be better for him to leave Bayern if he wants to play every week, in news which is sure to interest Liverpool.
Bayern paid €37million to sign Gotze from Borussia Dortmund, then managed by Jurgen Klopp, in 2013 and are unlikely to be willing to take much of a loss on a player that is still only 23 and has a World Cup final-winning goal to his name.
Klopp has made no secret of his love for Klopp but has refused to commit to any interest in signing him.
I was pleased to hear that Mario put in a great performance for Germany on Tuesday,” Klopp told reporters on March 30.
“He is a player with extraordinary quality. He is trying to get fully fit again after a four-month spell on the sidelines due to injury.
“But that’s all I can say about Gotze. I am happy to talk about [Joel] Matip or about other things, but not about whether Gotze is a target for Liverpool.”