Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was reportedly interested in Bayern Munich teenager Renato Sanches but not on loan.
Sanches is now on the verge of joining AC Milan despite interest from Chelsea, but SportBild claim that Klopp was interested in acquiring the 19-year-old who struggled in Germany last season.
According to the German outlet, the Liverpool boss did not want to improve the Portuguese midfielder to send him back to Munich a better player.
Klopp is not a fan of the loan system and is always reluctant to send his own players away to learn different tactics from other managers.
Sanches now looks bound for Milan, with his Portuguese teammate Joao Mario, who plays for Inter Milan, advising him to move to the city.
“We spoke after Thursday’s game [between Inter and Bayern Munich in Singapore],” said Mario.
“He is young and strong, so I understand that he wants to play consistently and there is a lot of competition for places at Bayern.
“I told him that if he goes to Milan, he’ll find a great club and I’d have another friend in the city.”