Chelsea will attempt to fend off competition from Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund to sign highly rated Wolfsburg teenager Julian Brandt, reports suggest.
The 17-year-old has swiftly attracted the attention of some of Europe's biggest clubs with his performances for Wolfsburg's youth ranks, where he has struck four goals in six games for the club's under-19 side so far this season.
Brandt is one of the latest talented playmakers to emerge from Germany's production line and has been tipped by the club's director of football Mike Schussler to be a player capable of making the step up to the next level.
But whether he makes that step at the Bundesliga club remains to be seen as Bild suggest both Bayern and Dortmund are carefully monitoring his progress with Jose Mourinho also harbouring desires of adding the teen to his new generation of stars.
The Chelsea boss may have a battle on his hands convincing the Brandt to leave Germany with keen interest from the country's two biggest clubs also in the equation, however.
Having also attracted the attention of an unnamed Serie A club, the club's general manager Klaus Allofs is not surprised by the attention the club's young starlet has garnered.
"The fact that English and Italian clubs want him is nothing new. He has been well trained by us," the Wolfsburg chief stated, before concluding by saying that the club may be powerless to force Brandt into committing his future to the club should his suitors make their interest formal.
Brandt, who has been training with Wolfsburg's first team regularly since September, is a regular in the under-19 Germany squad.
Chelsea's recent moves in the transfer market indicate Mourinho is keen to add to the club's blossoming youth ranks during his second spell in charge at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues confirmed deals for 21-year-old winger Christian Atsu, 18-year-old Chilean Cristian Cuevas and 20-year-old midfielder Marco van Ginkel during the summer transfer window, in addition acquiring the teenage duo of Brazilian full back Wallace and Thorgan Hazard, younger brother of Eden, last season.