German newspaper Bild claims that Werder Bremen are interested in signing Franco Zuculini, joining Hoffenheim in the race for the Argentine youngster.
The Hanseaten are in the market for a new holding midfielder due to the departure of skipper Frank Baumann, who has retired from professional football.
Werder are preparing a €6 million bid for Zuculini, according to the report, although it is uncertain if the midfielder’s current team, Racing Club, will accept such an offer.
Hoffenheim have reportedly made a €6.7 million offer for the highly-rated midfielder and appear to be sitting in pole position to secure Zuculini's signature.
The 18-year-old midfielder recently made his debut for Argentina's senior side and Diego Maradona considers the youngster as a future star player.
He has advised Zuculini to join a European club in order to keep his chances of representing Argentina at the 2010 World Cup alive. The young player could heed the legend’s words by moving to the Bundesliga.
Stefan Coerts, Goal.com