Manchester United are putting together a package for Werder Bremen midfielder Mesut Ozil, according to reports in the German press.
Newspaper Kicker believes that United are close to being able to make a formal bid for the German ace – and it could be as soon as by the end of the week.
Ozil impressed at the World Cup and has attracted the attention of some of the top clubs around Europe including United, Chelsea and Barcelona and Real Madrid.
The 21-year-old has insisted he is happy to stay with his Bundesliga club for the time being though.
However, his contract only runs for one more year and Werder want to cash in now rather than risk losing him for nothing next summer.
And they are willing to accept as little as £12 million for the playmaker, a value Sir Alex Ferguson is willing to meet.
United chief executive David Gill has recently insisted Ferguson has as much money to spend as he needs and the Scot is likely to hold Gill to that.