By Paul Clennam
Arsenal and Manchester City are both monitoring Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mario Gotze ahead of prospective bids at the end of the season.
Txiki Begiristain, appointed as City's director of football last October, has watched Dortmund play several times this season with the intention of tracking Mats Hummels, Neven Subotic and the highly-rated Gotze.
Goal.com exclusively revealed in March that Manchester United have pulled out of the running for Gotze, despite the 20-year-old publicly revealing his desire to one day play for Sir Alex Ferguson's side.
Reports in Germany claim Begiristain flew out to Dortmund to watch the German club's fixture against Shakhtar Donetsk in March and had a conversation with Gotze's agent, Volker Struth, regarding a potential deal.
Roberto Mancini is already targeting several big-name signings ahead of the summer transfer window after seeing his side fall 12 points behind Manchester United in the title race this season.
Gotze also remains on Arsenal's radar and although Arsene Wenger's side would be reluctant to meet the Germany international's €40 million release clause but a bid of around £25m would be considered by the Premier League club.
Arsenal failed with a bid for Gotze in 2011, while the player's agent stated that the midfielder would remain with Dortmund for a further two years before considering a move elsewhere.