Europe's top clubs are on alert after the third round of negotiations between Bayern Munich and defender David Alaba failed to result in a new deal, with the Austrian's current contract due to expire next summer.
The 28-year-old has been a key part of the club's recent success, but Bayern are yet to agree fresh terms with him. The Bundesliga giants have so far proven unwilling to meet Alaba and his representatives' demands, resulting in a number of Europe's top clubs taking notice of his situation.
Part of the problem is that Alaba and his camp are not only demanding a hefty basic salary, but agent Pini Zahavi is also demanding a commission in the 'millions' from any deal. As a result, while Hansi Flick is keen to see one of his most experienced players stay, it has become a realistic possibility that he could leave on a free transfer.
Sport Bild's Christian Falk has now reported that a third round of negotiations between Bayern and Alaba have been held but no agreement was reached. Instead, it appears as though the standoff has continued, with the club seemingly still unwilling to give in to the player's demands.
Once again, German outlets are describing the situation as a game of poker, with one side needing to budge in order for an agreement to be reached. Of course, this phrase was also used to describe Chelsea's successful pursuit of Kai Havertz as well as Manchester United's very unsuccessful pursuit of Jadon Sancho.
This latest update will provide a number of Europe's top clubs with encouragement regarding a potential move. The likes of Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United were all linked with Alaba during the summer, while both Jurgen Klopp and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's sides could well be on the lookout for defenders in the next transfer window.
Juventus have also been heavily linked in recent weeks.
Having been with Bayern since 2008, Alaba's camp are said to be holding out for a contract offer that highlights their appreciation for his services.
It remains to be seen if and when Die Roten will look to open negotiations again with Alaba, but Flick will be desperate to see the club reach an agreement with him sooner rather than later. Despite his contract situation, Alaba has made a strong start to the season in the heart of the defence.