Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mario Goetze has moved a step closer to completing a dream move to Manchester United according to the Manchester Evening News.
Sir Alex Ferguson has had the 18-year-old watched by Red Devils scouts on a number of occasions as he bids to find a long-term successor to Paul Scholes.
As one of the most exciting prospects in Europe, Goetze could prove to be the ideal replacement for United legend Scholes, who is edging ever closer towards the end of his Old Trafford career.
The 36-year-old has enjoyed a vintage season thus far and is expected to be offered a contract extension in the summer to keep him at Manchester United for another year.
But looking towards the wider future, Ferguson has begun the recruitment process and will be buoyed by the fact that Goetze himself, who currently has 18months left on his contract has paved way for a summer switch to Old Trafford.
"Who would not dream of playing with a club like Real Madrid, Barcelona or Manchester United?"
Dortmund know they have a special player on their hands and have raised Goetze’s price tag accordingly, from £12million to £20million.
And with additional interest from Juventus, Inter Milan and Barcelona, Setanta.com suggest that Manchester United will have to match their valuation in order to secure their player.
But that is unlikely to be Ferguson’s only activity in June, as the reopening of the transfer window could see a complete overhaul of the Manchester United midfield.
The Daily Mail reported today that England international Ashley Young is being lined up as a summer addition as well as Everton’s rising star Jack Rodwell.