Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United are set to embark on a January battle for German winger Karim Bellarabi, according to the Daily Express.
The 24-year-old spent a year-long loan at Eintracht Braunschweig last season and has come back to Bayer Leverkusen a rejuvenated character, scoring four times in eight games already. His recent performances have won him a call-up to the German national squad and he has also caught the eye of scouts across Europe.
Bellarabi made his debut for the national team against Poland in the recent European Championship qualifiers, where Germany lost 2-0, and played in the 1-1 draw against Republic of Ireland.
He is known for his dexterous ability to dribble past opponents at high speeds, something that has earned him a lot of goals. His ninth-second goal against Borussia Dortmund in their 2-0 win is the fastest in Bundesliga history, a coveted moment for a player who has just started his ascendance.
His ability to win the ball high up the pitch will be treasured by the likes of Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal, who like to play a high line. Arsene Wenger, whose Arsenal team thrives on pace, has also expressed an interest in the player as cover for Lukas Podolski, whose time at the Emirates seems to be dwindling.
However, Wenger reaffirmed his faith in the German after he scored an important winner against Anderlecht in Arsenal's 2-1 win over the Belgian side in the Champions League. The Gunners were on the verge of dropping points until Kieran Gibbs equalised in the 89th minute, while Podolski scored the winner a minute later.
"I have a contract with Arsenal until 2016. I feel at home in London and get on with the fans very well," World Cup winner Podolski said, as quoted by the Mirror.
"Nevertheless, I will try to speak with the coach and the club to see what is best for all parties. I want to play football and am not the type to sit on the bench until my contract expires."