Mats Hummels has refused to stop the rumours once and for all linking him with a move away from Borussia Dortmund this summer.
With Manchester United seemingly at the front of the queue and Louis van Gaal being a known admirer of the defender, the club could be preparing a move if they know Hummels is now more open to a departure.
United moved for the World Cup winner after the tournament in Brazil last summer but were rebuffed in their attempts, instead signing the impressive Marcos Rojo from Sporting Lisbon.
Dortmund’s form has dipped drastically since then, they were in the relegation zone at Christmas and it appears all is not well in the Hummels camp.
The centre-back has demanded a stronger Dortmund team for next season, and said he is considering his own future, after a disappointing season.
“That doesn’t mean that I am leaving, it just means I’m reflecting,” he told Sky television following a 1-0 defeat to Bayern Munich at the weekend.
“There’s no particular tendency one way or the other. It’s just thoughts going through my mind. It will all become clearer in the coming weeks.”
Speaking at the time of the Bayern game, legend Franz Beckenbauer claimed it may be time for Hummels to consider a new challenge away from Germany, a move which would further weaken their closest rivals.
Former Liverpool man Dietmar Hamann has also added his opinion, siding with Beckenbauer in the opinion that a move may do Hummels the world of good after a below par season.