Appearing slightly out of the blue, the rumour sending Joshua Zirkzee back to Everton is slowly gathering pace in Germany.

Originally linked with Eintracht Frankfurt, the Dutchman saw Luka Jović return to his former club, thus blocking that pathway.

The option to return to Everton, where he had a trial in 2017, is now serious, with Sky Germany’s Max Bielefeld reporting talks are ‘ongoing’ regarding a ‘loan with obligation to buy at €10m+’.

However, the deal is described as ‘financially not easy’ for the Toffees, who might not be prepared to commit to a mandatory clause just yet.

We’ll have to wait and see what comes of it, but it appears Carlo Ancelotti, having let Moise Kean go out on loan to Paris Saint-Germain, is seriously considering bringing in backup for Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the coming weeks.

Whether it’s Zirkzee, however, remains a question mark for the time being.

Joining Bayern Munich in 2017 after turning down a contract offer from the Toffees, the Dutchman has made 17 appearances in all competitions for the Bundesliga champions since arriving, scoring four goals and assisting another one along the way.