Canyon, the bike sponsor of both Mathieu van der Poel and Movistar, is hoping to orchestrate a move that would send the Dutch rider to the Spanish team.
Van der Poel won the 2019 Amstel Gold Race after blasting through the classics season with several top results, the spring being his big road debut after winning the cyclo-cross world title.
Nairo Quintana is on its way to Arkéa Samsic, Mikel Landa could go to Bahrain-Merida or UAE Team Emirates, while Richard Carapaz seems to be on his way to Team INEOS despite earlier stories about a contract extension.
The arrivals of Enric Mas from Deceuninck-Quick-Step and Van der Poel should compensate this departures.
Canyon is interested that one of the emerging figures of international cycling falls into a big team. The amount of the transaction, between the salary and the termination, would require significant financial engineering.
Van der Poel will continue to focus on his off-road exploits, building towards the mountain bike event at the 2020 Olympics but will also give time to road racing,