Stuttgart boss Armin Veh has handed Manchester United and Chelsea a boost in their pursuit of German centre-half Antonio Rudiger, reports the Daily Star.
Veh has revealed that a number of big clubs are chasing the youngster, and has insisted that the German side will consider letting the player depart if a "really big outfit" comes in for him.
And, with Premier League duo Manchester United and Chelsea both tracking the talented defender, it appears that he could move to England's elite division in 2015. In fact, the same report has suggested that Jose Mourinho's side could look to bring him to the Premier League in January.
Veh has certainly hinted that the player could be on his way out of the Bundesliga in the future after saying: "Antonio is under contract until June 2017 with our club. The thing is, how much longer can we keep hold of such a player?" he told Sport-BILD.
"He is willing to learn, has power and self-confidence and the willpower he needs to succeed.
"I understand that big clubs are chasing him. But a move will only be considered for Antonio if he joins a really big outfit. Otherwise, it would be better for him to stay at our club."
It remains to be seen as to whether either of Manchester United or Chelsea make a move for the player's services anytime soon. The Red Devils - under Dutch manager Louis van Gaal - have struggled in the defensive department this season, having only kept two clean sheets from their opening eight Premier League fixtures.
Chelsea, on the other hand, have looked strong at the back this term, with Gary Cahill and John Terry playing key roles at the back for the Stamford Bridge outfit. Rudiger, then, could help the Blues as they go in search of long-term dominance.
United vs Chelsea
Manchester United and Chelsea, in fact, are set to go head-to-head this weekend at Old Trafford. The Red Devils will have to be at their best to overcome the Blues, with Van Gaal's side already 10 points behind the table-toppers.
Mourinho's side will be hoping to continue their fine unbeaten start to the season, and send a clear message to their rivals on Sunday.
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