Barcelona are preparing to challenge Manchester United for the signature of Borussia Dortmund wonderkid Mario Goetze according to talkSPORT.
The Bundesliga's latest teen sensation has gathered many admirers through a series of impressive displays for the German outfit this season.
He is now set to become the subject of a summer bidding war between two of Europe's greatest clubs.
As Manchester United prepare to do battle with Barca in this year's Champions League final at Wembley on 28 May, the contest will now have an added spice to it with the latest development in this drawn out transfer saga.
Goetze played a pivotal role in helping Dortmund secure the domestic title this season, scoring six goals in 33 appearances for the club.
Sir Alex Ferguson has been keeping tabs on the 18-year-old starlet for some time, as he prepares to step up his pursuit of the latest Old Trafford target.
With the imminent retirement of Red Devils stalwart Paul Scholes, Goetze has been tipped as the long-term successor to the midfield master, and could play out a long and successful career in a new era for Manchester United.
His speed, skill and creativity make Goetze one of the hottest prospects in Europe at the moment, and United fans will be hoping the club can broker a deal for another up-and-coming star.
Arsenal had also been credited with an interest in Goetze but the Daily Mail reported how any potential deal was ruled out when Dortmund director Hans Joachim Watzke stated:
"We would not even think of selling Goetze until 2014 (when his contract runs out). Even if another club owned oil fields or had billions of euros, it wouldn't make any difference."
But in a fresh twist, and with additional attention from Spain – Goetze's future is anything but certain as Manchester United and now Barcelona go head-to-head for the player's signature.