Emre Can continues to be linked with a move away from Liverpool amid delayed negotiations over a new contract at Anfield.
The German is in the last year of his current deal and is seemingly no closer to agreeing terms of an extension, which has inevitably put him on the radar of a number of potential suitors.
Juventus have emerged as well-known admirers of the midfielder in recent months, with rumours suggesting the Italian giants could seek to arrange a summer move in principle when the window opens in January.
Manchester United have now also joined the race for the 23-year-old, who is being viewed as a possible long-term replacement for Michael Carrick, according to Corrirere dello Sport.
There is extremely little chance of Jurgen Klopp allowing one of his key players to move to such a close Premier League rival.
The Italian source of the suggestion has traits of the kind of story designed to put the pressure on Juventus to step up their pursuit, much like the work of the Catalan press in the Philippe Coutinho saga.
A switch to Old Trafford seems near-impossible, although the undying rumours alone serve as yet another reminder of how important tying Can down to a new deal is.
His drastic rise in value over the past few months has highlighted just how productive he is in Liverpool’s midfield and how important he can be to taking the club forward.
The sheer difficulty trying to replace him also makes his stalling contract talks increasingly concerning.