Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has attracted the interest of his boyhood club Hannover, with his contract due to expire come June 2017.
Hannover director Martin Bader has revealed the 2. Bundesliga side are keen to re-sign Per Mertesacker, but realises they face an uphill task to lure the centre-back away from Arsenal at this stage.
The 32-year-old came through the ranks of the Hannover youth academy, before leaving for Werder Bremen after three years in the first team.
He then earned himself a move to Arsenal in August 2011, but his boyhood club are hopeful of luring him back to the HDI-Arena sooner rather than later.
"Everybody knows what Hannover mean to Per. Maybe we can make him enthusiastic about a return," Bader told Bild.
"But re-signing Mertesacker is not our main priority at the moment. We are playing in the 2. Bundesliga right now and he is Arsenal's captain. A lot of things will have to happen in order to make a return a realistic option. First of all, Hannover will have to return to the Bundesliga.
"A transfer is still far away now and it seems like a crazy thing to even discuss it. But anything can happen in football."
Mertesacker has yet to make an appearance for Arsenal this campaign due to a knee injury.
The defender has a contract with the Premier League side until June 2017.