Bayern Munich are considering keeping Douglas Costa despite previously being open to selling him.
Costa joined Bayern from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2015, and has claimed two Bundesliga titles in successive years with the German club.
He was expected to be sold this summer however, with Tottenham reportedly willing to offer around £25million for his services.
Juventus also emerged as contenders for the Brazilian’s signature, but German newspaper Bild report that they have pulled out of the race.
Rules state that clubs are not allowed to purchase more than two non-EU players in a single transfer window. The Turin side have already signed Uruguayan Rodrigo Bentancur, and are considering a move for Brazilian defender Danilo of Real Madrid.
That could clear the path for Tottenham to move in, with Bayern president Uli Hoeness stating on Tuesday that “if a club pays the fee that [Bayern CEO] Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has asked for then he will leave”.
However, Rummenigge himself has suggested that the 26-year-old could yet stay at the Allianz Arena.
“We are not sure whether it would not perhaps be better for Costa to stay,” he told Merkur on Thursday.