Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen and Schalke are in a three way fight to sign Germany defender Shkodran Mustafi, reports Bild.
The 22-year-old currently plies his trade for Serie A side Sampdoria and would be able to leave the club for around €4 million.
Mustafi, who was born in Germany to Albanian immigrants, has featured over 50 times for the Genoese outfit, with his strong performances catching the attention of several Bundesliga clubs.
The Bad Hersfeld-born defender is currently on international duty with Germany at the World Cup and won only his second cap in the National Eleven’s 4-0 rout over Portugal on Monday.
The 22-year-old, who was called up as a replacement for the injured Marco Reus, came on as a 73rd minute substitute and was able to keep a tiring Cristiano Ronaldo quiet for the remaining minutes of the game.
Mustafi started his career in the Hamburg youth set-up before joining Premier League side Everton as a 17-year-old in 2009 after impressing then manager David Moyes after his solid appearances for the Germany U-17 team.
However, during his three year spell at the club, the Hessen-born centre-back only featured once for the Toffee’s, as a substitute in a Europa League fixture against BATE Borisov and was snapped up by Sampdoria on a free transfer in January 2012.
Since then Mustafi has become something of a cult figure at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris with his solid performances helping Sampdoria to finish the previous Serie A campaign in 12th place.
Borussia Dortmund seem to be in the lead to acquire the services of Mustafi for their new Bundesliga campaign with manager Jurgen Klopp understood to be keen on adding to his defence.
With Manchester United showing an interest in Borussia Dortmund defender, Mats Hummels, Klopp has highlighted the 22-year-old as a suitable replacement.
Mustafi is contracted with Sampdoria until 2016 but it is understood that the club would be interested in offers if his value increases, pending positive performances for Germany at the World Cup.
Indeed, Mustafi could be in line for making his first World Cup start for Germany in their Group G fixture against Ghana with Hummels nursing a thigh injury picked up in Monday’s win over Portugal.
Following the conclusion of the game against Ghana tomorrow, Joachim Low’s side finish their group fixtures with a match against USA in Recife on 26th June.
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