Yet to even sign for Werder Bremen, Thomas Delaney, who will join the Bundesliga side in January 2017, is already the subject of a transfer rumour taking him to the Premier League.

The 25-year-old, who currently plays for FC Copenhagen was reported by the Liverpool Echo to be a target for Everton manager Ronald Koeman, but that doesn’t appear to be the case, at least according to Werder Bremen’s director of sport Frank Baumann.

Clarifying the situation to Bild on Tuesday, the 41-year-old said: “This isn’t an issue for us. We have no interest in making money off it, we just want to strengthen our team with him. There are no discussions at all.”

It had been reported that Koeman would have been ready to spend up to £5m for the Denmark international, which would have handed Bremen a profit of £3.3m without even seeing the player, but that doesn’t seem likely to happen.

Baumann also explained that there was already interest from English sides over the summer in the central midfielder, yet he had chosen to play for them instead, showing his desire to ply his trade in the Bundesliga for now.

Delaney has so far made 27 appearances for Copenhagen this season, including all of their Champions League games, scoring eight goals and picking up four assists along the way.