Just weeks after expressing interest in Shinji Kagawa, Manchester United have reportedly set their sights on another Dortmund prodigy, Mario Goetze.
According to the Daily Mail, the Red Devils are preparing a €12 million bid for the 18-year-old, who has been hailed by Matthias Sammer as "one of the best talents [Germany have] ever had".
Goetze, who played on the right flank during the autumn campaign, has fitted in flawlessly for injured No. 10 Kagawa in recent weeks. His fine performances for Dortmund have earned him two caps for Germany's senior side, as well as a contract extension to 2014.
Much to United's dismay, Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has in recent months scuppered any rumours of his team's players leaving the Ruhr region.
"Mario Goetze has a contract until 2014," he recently told Deutsche Welle. "He will play during this time at Borussia Dortmund, nowhere else, no matter what is to come."
Dortmund have in recent months extended the contracts of highly rated stars Goetze, Sven Bender and Neven Subotic to 2014 or later. The 1997 European champions have spent the majority of the last decade rebuilding, and, with the Bundesliga title in their sights, are preparing for the 2011-12 Champions League with hopes of bringing their best squad to the tournament.