Mario Gotze has endured a somewhat frustrating spell at Bayern Munich since signing from rivals Borussia Dortmund in 2013.
The German became a fan favourite under Jurgen Klopp at the Westfalenstadion and alongside Robert Lewandowski and Marco Reus helped form a formidable attacking trio.
His move to the Allianz Arena was met by distaste from Dortmund fans and he's since become a bit-part player under departing manager Pep Guardiola.
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However, some three years and three Bundesliga titles later and it appears Gotze's future in Munich is now well and truly up.
The Germany international has been linked with moves to Liverpool and former employers Dortmund in recent weeks and whilst his future remains uncertain, incoming boss Carlo Ancelotti has made it clear he doesn't want him.
This is according to German football expert Raphael Honigstein - per native outlet Suddeutsche Zeitung - who tweeted: "Gotze has been told by Ancelotti to go (effectively). Liverpool, Dortmund and others interested."
Cue a scramble to secure Gotze's signature. News that the 23-year-old is surplus to requirements in Munich will likely see Liverpool and Dortmund - among many others - prick their ears up and battle to sign him this summer.
Ancelotti's decision to let the attacking midfielder leave is justified, of course - he might be a world-class talent, but with the likes of Douglas Costa, Arturo Vidal, Arjen Robben and Thiago Alcantara at his disposal, there really is no room for Gotze.
Liverpool fans may well feel they have the upper hand in the race to sign the Bayern playmaker given the relationship he and Jurgen Klopp shared during their time at Dortmund.
And if reports per the Daily Mail are to be believed, he could join this summer in a cut-price deal worth £20 million.
Unfortunately, it's not quite that simple.
Dortmund are also interested, and while the club's fans still hold anger over his initial move, there's little doubt they would welcome his return with open arms.
It seems CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke wouldn't turn down the chance to re-sign him either. According to the Liverpool Echo, he claimed "the door is always open for every player who comes from Dortmund".
The German entrepreneur did admit, though, that Gotze would have to apologise to the supporters upon his return.
“If he returns we have to talk with the fans,” Watzke continued. “He has to explain how he left for Bayern.
“But I don’t think that they won’t give him a second chance.”
A mere 13 appearances in the Bundesliga this season emphasise Gotze's plight at Bayern. Injuries have taken their toll on the first-team opportunities afforded to him and it appears an exit is now the only option.
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