Borussia Monchengladbach appear keen to retain the services of Christoph Kramer on a permanent basis, with reports suggesting that the club are prepared to make a January offer for the transfer of the Bayer Leverkusen midfielder.
This is according to the latest speculation from The Daily Express, which, along with crediting fierce Premier League rivals Manchester United and Liverpool with an interest in £10 million-rated Kramer, suggests that Gladbach are willing to bid for the player during the next transfer window in order to stop him moving to the Premier League.
Such an offer, should it be made, would presumably hold great appeal to Leverkusen, with Kramer's contract at BayArena due to expire next summer.
World Cup experience
Kramer has certainly endured an eventful few months. The 23-year-old - who could only lay claim to a handful of senior international caps prior to the 2014 World Cup - was trusted by Joachim Low to start the final against Argentina inside the Maracana after compatriot Sami Khedira was ruled out of the match with a calf injury.
His dream outing lasted all of just 32 minutes, however, after a nasty blow to the head left Low with no alternative but to substitute the determined defensive midfielder far earlier than he would have liked.
Gladbach's relatively lowly status in comparison to established and reputable European heavyweights such as Manchester United and Liverpool would usually mean they would stand little chance of competing directly for top players, although Lucien Favre's side have one distinct advantage in this particular transfer battle.
Kramer - who spent a couple of years with VFL Bochum as part of a similar agreement between 2011-13 - has just entered the final season of a two-year loan deal at Borussia-Park, a factor which should surely work in their favour when it comes to attempting to win the race for his permanent signature.
Manchester United/Liverpool interest
Manchester United will hope that their allure alone is enough to convince Kramer to opt for Old Trafford in the future, although it remains to be seen if he is truly needed at the club.
While Louis van Gaal is still in need of a marauding, defensively solid presence to boost his midfield, you get the feeling that, now Daley Blind has arrived from Eredivisie champions Ajax, the Dutchman's next signing in this area will be a far bigger name such as Arturo Vidal or perhaps even Khedira.
The former, who has recently allayed fears that he is set for an extended spell on the sidelines in Turin with a knee problem, has long been on Van Gaal's radar and he would obviously prove a far more impressive capture.
Liverpool would appear to be a far better fit for Kramer, although with former Leverkusen teammate Emre Can now at Anfield, he would face a significant battle to secure regular first-team starts under Brendan Rodgers.
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