Manchester United and Liverpool are preparing offers for Heerenveen midfielder Daley Sinkgraven when the transfer window reopens in January.
The Daily Mirror reports that the Holland U21 international has attracted widespread interest from a host of top European clubs, with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Ajax all said to be admirers.
Sinkgraven has risen to prominence at the Abe Lenstra Stadion in the past 12 months after making his first-team breakthrough in the Eredivisie last term.
Widely tipped for a bright future in the game, the 19-year-old has been an ever-present under the new tutelage of Dwight Lodeweges in 2014/15, scoring two goals in nine appearances in league and cup competition.
In 17 senior games in the previous campaign Sinkgraven quickly established a reputation as a potential star of the future, and has already drawn comparisons in playing style to current Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard.
Brendan Rodgers is keen to recruit the talented teenager as an eventual successor to his instrumental skipper at Anfield, and is ready to test the water with a bid of around £4 million at the turn of the year.
However, the Reds will face competition from Premier League rivals Manchester United, as Louis van Gaal is also keeping tabs on Sinkgraven's development.
The Red Devils boss has many connections back in his homeland and has therefore been credited with an interest in luring the youngster to Old Trafford, with doubts still surrounding the long-term futures of fellow midfielders Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata.
Michael Carrick and Darren Fletcher are also approaching the twilight years of their respective careers, and Sinkgraven is viewed as one for the future to slot seamlessly into Manchester United's midfield.
The whizkid still has more than three years to run on his current Heerenveen contract, and the Dutch club will be determined to retain his services until the end of the season at least, with Lodeweges seeing the player as key to his plans of securing European qualification.
Despite widespread speculation regarding his future it's not thought that Sinkgraven is currently unsettled in his homeland, so it remains to be seen how the story unfolds when the transfer window reopens.