Liverpool and Arsenal target Andy Polo could be heading for Germany rather than England, according to his agent, reports skysports.com.
The 17-year-old Peruvian striker is widely regarded as one of the brightest prospects in South America, and as has attracted interest from a host of major European clubs.
Real Madrid are believed to have scouted Polo, but speculation continues to link Gunners boss Arsene Wenger with a move for the precocious young talent.
Arsenal are renowned for signing up and coming stars of the future, and Wenger is keen to bring him to the Emirates Stadium and continue his development in north London.
However, it also emerged that Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish is interested in bringing the player to Anfield as he continues to add to the Reds academy with the signing of stars of tomorrow.
But Liverpool, and Arsenal have been dealt a blow in the race for Polo's signature after his agent Borja Gonzalez admitted the striker is likely to head to Germany.
"There are two clubs in Germany who are very interested in Andy and there is a very close agreement," he said.
"'In the next 48 hours they have to call me and tell me they want to do the deal. If all goes well on Thursday or Friday, we should be close.
"Andy Polo will play in Europe next year."