Liverpool will have to move quickly if they wish to sign Mario Gotze after Borussia Dortmund opened talks with the player.
Gotze moved from Dortmund to Bayern Munich for 35million euros in 2013 but has not featured as much as he might have expected and a return is now being discussed.
Former Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp has also been heavily linked with a move for the German international, but Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says the Bundesliga club are in the box seat.
“I wouldn’t say a deal has been struck, but I can confirm that there have been talks with Borussia Dortmund as well as with his agent,” Rummenigge told Sport1 television ahead of Bayern’s friendly against Lippstadt on Saturday.
“But it’s not complete yet. The clubs must first reach an agreement over a transfer fee.”
Dortmund are likely to receive a substantial discount on Germany’s World Cup-winning goalscorer, with Rummenigge accepting Gotze did not meet expectations.
“He’s been here for three years and it’s not worked out,” Rummenigge said. “It’s not surprising that he has had a change of heart. He’s 24 years old and he needs to be playing regularly.”