Manchester United have targeted a £16.5 million deal for Werder Bremen youngster Marko Marin in the summer, according to reports.
The German wonderkid has been touted as the new Lionel Messi by many and has already been capped by his national side 15 times, including one at the 2010 World Cup.
Manchester United are reportedly preparing a big money move for the 21-year-old but will not make their move until the summer.
Sir Alex Ferguson has already insisted he will not be bringing any new players into the club in January but he is concerned about the future of the Old Trafford side.
Fergie is planning an overhaul of his ageing side and, after seeing his second string trounced 4-0 by bottom-side West Ham, he does not feel confident in the young players he has at the club already.
A central defender is needed, thought to be Bolton’s Gary Cahill if Chelsea do not get there first, as well as a goalkeeper and central midfielder to replace Edwin van der Sar and Paul Scholes respectively.
Liverpool are likely to be Sir Alex’s main rivals for the player’s signature and they will try to steal a march on them by offering for him in January.
However, Werder are likely to reject the offer from the Anfield club as they are reluctant to sell him – especially before the end of the season.
Marin, though has indicated he would be willing to move to either Liverpool or Manchester United, with the latter being the most probable due to them being able to offer Champions League football at Old Trafford next season, whereas Liverpool may not.