Xabi Alonso is stalling on a new deal at Real Madrid - and Liverpool are waiting in the wings to bring him back to Anfield.
The former Reds' favourite, 31, has been an integral figure for the Spanish champions since swapping Merseyside for Madrid in the summer of 2009.
But reports in Spain claim he has yet to respond to the Real's desire to extend his contract, which expires in 2014.
The midfielder is not in a hurry to renew and is waiting to see what happens to boss Jose Mourinho, who has been tipped to leave the Bernabeu in the summer.
Whatever happens, Real are not keen on selling Alonso, despite the fact Liverpool have enquired about his availability in recent months.