Arsenal are reportedly pursuing Borussia Dortmund sensation Mario Goetze.
The 18-year-old has caught the attention of clubs both in England and on the continent with some mesmeric displays in the Bundesliga, in which he scored six goals and assisted 11 as Dortmund won the title at a canter.
Manchester United had allegedly identified the Germany international as a long-term replacement for Paul Scholes but, according to Goal.com, Arsenal are also chasing the midfield maestro.
However, should United or Arsenal formalise their interest, they are seemingly unlikely to secure an agreement with Dortmund as the German club maintain they will never sell their prized asset.
"Mario is not for sale at any price," CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke told Bild when asked about the reported interest from Arsenal. "We won't even sell him for several oil fields."
United are now looking elsewhere for a more immediate successor for Scholes, who has been tipped to retire at the end of the season, with Wesley Sneijder closing in on a big-money move to Old Trafford.
Arsenal, meanwhile, are also surveying the transfer market with a view to reinforcing their squad in the summer - and Arsene Wenger already has some targets in mind.
"We have our plans and we know what we will do," said the Arsenal manager.
"We have to take a little bit of distance and make the right analysis of the season."
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