Manchester United and Liverpool reportedly made enquiries to bring Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Christoph Kramer to England during the summer transfer window.
According to the Express, the Premier League giants were competing with Juventus and Atletico Madrid to sign the talented midfielder, who caught the eye during Germany's victorious World Cup campaign in Brazil this summer.
The midfielder was drafted into the starting 11 following the injury to Sami Khedira and even made the team in the final, but was taken off early in the first half due to a head injury sustained after a clash with Argentine defender Ezequiel Garay.
The report suggests that all four interested clubs had submitted formal offers to Leverkusen in order to capture the midfielder's services.
The 23 year-old midfielder is a Leverkusen player who is currently halfway through his two-year loan spell with fellow Bundesliga club Borussia Mönchengladbach.
It is believed that Leverkusen were willing to negotiate with interested clubs about letting the player leave, but Mönchengladbach were not interested in letting the player go before he fulfills his contractual obligation to the club.
However, it remains to be seen if Manchester United or the Reds revive their interest in the midfielder the following summer when his loan deal with the Bundesliga club comes to an end.
Another Express report claims that, his current loan side Mönchengladbach are also interested in signing Kramer and permanently and may submit a bid of £10m ($16m, €12.6m) to Leverkusen as early as the January transfer window, in order to prevent him from moving to England in the summer.
Kramer is a defensive midfielder and following Louis van Gaal's failure to land primary target Arturo Vidal, the Dutchman could be interested in signing the German international and could compete with Mönchengladbach for his signature.