Liverpool and Dutch midfielder Gini Wijnaldum has been turned down by Bundesliga giants, Bayern.
Wijnaldum becomes a free agent at the end of this season, meaning clubs outside England could have approached him from January this year to negotiate personal terms for a free transfer, with several top European clubs said to be keen.
But Abendzeitung says German giants Bayern Munich have now pulled out of the race to sign the 30-year-old midfielder.
Wijnaldum’s representatives apparently jetted to Munich but the current Bundesliga and European champions felt there was little to no chance of sealing a deal given his contract demands.
Bayern have historically signed key players on Bosman transfers from rivals, including the likes of Manuel Neuer, Robert Lewandowski, and Leon Goretzka.
But Coach Hansi Flick’s side would prefer Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Florian Neuhaus and are therefore willing to pass on Wijnaldum.