Borussia Dortmund have made a bid for Bayer Leverkusen star Karim Bellarabi as they prepare for to lose Henrikh Mkhitaryan to Manchester United.
United have reportedly seen a bid of £18.4m (€24m, $27.2m) for Mkhitaryan turned down. But the latest reports from German daily Bild suggest Dortmund are now resigned to losing the Armenia international and will settle for a fee of £32m.
Former Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle has been tipped as a possible replacement for the 27-year-old at the Westfalenstadion. But it would appear the club have turned their attention to another Germany international in Bellarabi.
However, Rudi Voller, Bayer Leverkusen's sporting director, has confirmed their opening bid has been rejected. "There was an official request from Dortmund a few days ago, but it was instantly rejected," Voller told Bild.
Mkhitaryan meanwhile is determined to become Jose Mourinho's latest recruit at Old Trafford with his agent Mino Raiola relentlessly pushing for his client's "dream" move.
"We have both taken very different views and fight for them like lions," Raiola told Bild of the United offer. "Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke] walks 180 degrees into one direction and I 180 degrees into the other. But even though it does not look like it right now, I still hope for a sensible solution.
"Such an offer to join Manchester United might only come once in a lifetime for a player and nobody can guarantee us that the door will still be open for Micki next season. Manchester are Micki's dream club, he wants to join them by any means."
Having lost Ilkay Gundogan and Mats Hummels to Manchester City and Bayern Munich respectively this summer, Dortmund had been determined to hold onto Mkhitaryan, who has just one more year remaining on his current contract.