Naby Keita departs Liverpool on a free transfer this summer, and the midfielder is now expected to return to Germany, with positive talks held.
One of four senior players released at the end of the season, Keita saw the early promise of his time at Anfield fade dramatically over five years.
Keita remains a high-profile player, though, and it stands to reason that a number of sides would be weighing up moves for him this summer.
According to Sky Germany, Bundesliga side Werder Bremen are at the front of the queue, having already held talks with Keita and his representatives.
The 28-year-old is said to be “very open” to joining Werder, who finished 13th in the German top flight this past season.
BILD go so far as to claim a medical is planned for next week and the player will sign a three-year contract.
It remains to be seen whether other interest emerges, though, with both RB Leipzig and Dortmund linked with the midfielder in the past.
Friday saw Konrad Laimer finally complete his free transfer from Leipzig to Bayern Munich, and a return to the Red Bull Arena – where he spent two years before joining Liverpool – to replace the Austrian could appeal to Keita.
Dortmund have already sanctioned a deal for Jude Bellingham to join Real Madrid, while Mahmoud Dahoud is joining Brighton on a free transfer.
Whether either club would gamble on a player whose ongoing fitness issues plagued his time on Merseyside, however, is uncertain.