Bayern Munich have told Juventus that Mario Götze is not for sale following the midfielder's agent hinting at a possible summer move.
Mathias Sammer, the sporting director for the German champions, has said "Götze will not move" but Italian newspaper Tuttosport are reporting that Juventus are still hopeful a deal can be struck.
The 23-year-old German international is reportedly growing frustrated at his lack of playing time under Bayern manager Pep Guardiola and his agent had this to say about his client's situation.
"Mario hinted that his situation in the last two seasons at Bayern has not been ideal," Volker Struth said.
"But it is also true that up until now no club has come forward with an economic proposal.
"Bayern have prevented any transfer but anything could still happen."
Sammer, a former Champions League winner with rivals Borussia Dortmund, told reporters in a recent press conference that "he [Mario] still has a two-year contract and his goal is to be a leader here at Bayern.
"There are other topics to talk about. We have a great team and Götze is very familiar with the situation here. I expect him to do well, we can not forget that the player is still very young."
Tuttosport believe that a loan deal could be possible for this season, as it is very likely Pep Guardiola will leave Bayern for a new challenge.
Struth has been critical of Guardiola before, claiming he has "destroyed" Götze during his time there.
"Götze only plays in the easy games. I'm surprised no one at Bayern has realised that and defended Mario. I'm surprised that Guardiola didn't use him in the important matches like the German Cup and Champions League semi-finals."
And Germany legends Oliver Khan and Dietmar Hamaan have previously said that Götze's talent is being wasted at the Allianz Arena and he should move away.
The news of Götze's possible unhappiness at Bayern will leave several Premier League clubs on high alert. The World Cup winner has been linked with a move to Manchester United and Liverpool in previous transfer windows and Arsenal are another side who have been interested in the former Dortmund star.