Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp reportedly wants Borussia Dortmund's Mario Gotze to "resuscitate" his career at Anfield, while Atalanta have told AS Roma they're not interested in deals involving anything but cash for star midfielder Franck Kessie.
According to Goal's Melissa Reddy, Klopp is still a big believer in Gotze and wants to bring the 24-year-old to England, but he's no longer a priority target for the Reds. Liverpool chased the midfielder hard last summer when it was clear he would leave Bayern Munich, but he opted to return to the Signal Iduna Park.
The move was seen as a necessity for Gotze to get his career back on the right track, but that hasn't happened. Inconsistent performances followed the Germany international to BVB, and in late February, it became clear why. Per Reddy, the club announced he has a metabolic disorder, believed to be myopathy.
Gotze will likely be sidelined for some time, and while the severity of his condition is unclear at this point, he appears to be at another crossroads in his career, regardless. As shared by sports writer Joel Rabinowitz, his stock has fallen in spectacular fashion:
BVB have a supremely deep squad and plenty of young talent in the attacking third. They'll support Gotze as he receives treatment for the condition, but with the likes of Christian Pulisic, Emre Mor, Ousmane Dembele and Alexander Isak emerging, his chances of returning to the starting XI are dwindling each day.
At his best, Gotze remains a special talent, capable of breaking open a match on his own. Here's a look at some of his highlights:
Klopp worked with Gotze in the past, and the tactician probably hopes he could guide the midfielder back to his old form should the two work together in England. All of that is dependent on Gotze undergoing effective therapy for his disorder, however, and as long as he doesn't, any transfer speculation is moot.
Meanwhile, Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Calciomercato.com's Edo Dalmonte) report Atalanta have informed Roma that Kessie will only be sold for a 100 percent cash deal, a big boost for the Ivorian's other suitors.
According to Corriere dello Sport (h/t Jack Otway of the Daily Express), Kessie was a target for the Reds during the January window, with Klopp willing to spend up to £35 million to land the talented midfielder.
Roma are believed to be the favourites for his signature, but the Giallorossi don't have the spending power of the top Premier League clubs. Serie A teams often try to work their way around that handicap by including players in deals or spreading payments over several seasons.
Kessie is regarded as the top young midfielder in Serie A, and he's been the league's biggest breakout player this season. Here's a look at some of his highlights:
Atalanta are expected to cash in on their young stud at the end of the season, and in all likelihood, there will be a long queue of clubs vying for his services.