Manchester City have allegedly earmarked Borussia Monchengladbach star Marco Reus as a potential summer addition ot their glittering squad and will rival Arsenal in the race to sign the precocious frontman.
Reus, who is just 22, already has 2 caps for Germany and has a very bright future ahead of him.
He has caught the eye of a number of teams in Germany after his excellent start to the season, which has seen him score seven times and help drive Monchengladbach to second in the Bundesliga.
According to German publication Bild, Monchengladbach boss Lucien Favre has admitted that discussions have taken place regarding the future.
While Arsenal scouts are scouring the globe for new talent, Arsene Wenger's tip-off came from an unlikely source.
"Jens Lehmann gave him a tip to watch Marco. Then Arsene called me," said Favre.
The versatile striker is valued at around €14 million, but Monchengladbach are though to be holding out until the summer, when his buyout clause of €18 million comes into effect.
However, despite Arsenal's interest, Favre admitted he will do all he can to keep hold of his prized asset.
"I know Arsene very well and told him the truth: Marco is a very, very interesting player. But I am coach of Borussia and want to keep him.
"I think that it might be too early for a change. It would be good for Marco if he stays here for a year or two - and who knows, maybe he will also play at the top?
"Marco has incredible qualities, but he can also improve in some ways. We are working every day. He needs a foundation to improve his game and he has it here with Borussia."