Manchester United, Arsenal and other interested Premier League parties have been issued a transfer warning over German midfielder Toni Kroos.
The £25million-rated Bayern Munich has been linked with a number of clubs in England, with Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool also reported to have joined the chase for the player earlier today (Monday).
However, club director Matthias Sammer insists the club are eager to tie the 24-year-old down to a new deal, and have no plans to sell him early.
"We are aware that Toni Kroos is a very good player," Sammer told Sky Deutschland.
"We actually have a contract left to go with Toni Kroos and we clearly would want to keep on with him. Everyone at Bayern Munich is sharing this point of view."
Kroos is tied to the Allianz Arena until 2015, and whilst reports have claimed that negotiations over a new deal have recently broken down, Bayern still have plenty of time to reach a new agreement.
And, that’s likely to work against Manchester United, who coveted the player during the January transfer window.
Red Devils boss David Moyes made a personal check on the player during Bayern’s clash with Borussia Monchengladbach, but couldn’t secure Kroos’ services at Old Trafford before the start of February.
If the Manchester United manager retains hope of bringing the player to the Premier League, he now appears to face strong competition.
Arsenal are one of those willing to challenge, according to The Daily Mail, with Arsene Wenger also on ‘red alert’ to bring the player to England.
The Gunners did add a midfielder last month, with Kim Kallstrom moving to the Emirates Stadium despite a back injury.
His move is only temporary however, and the Swede could be replaced by Kroos at Arsenal if they were able to strike a deal.
They too will know that a battle lies ahead though, with Bayern perhaps the biggest obstacle in the way of a move.