Manchester United target Matthias Ginter has revealed he is honoured to be linked with a move to Old Trafford.
Manager David Moyes was in attendance as Ginter's Freiburg held Europa League hopefuls Hertha Berlin to a 0-0 draw on Friday evening with the 20-year-old centre half thought to be the focus of his attention.
Weekend reports suggested that Freiburg's unstable position just three points off the bottom of the Bundesliga could see him become available for a fee as little as £7m should his side suffer relegation to the second tier of German football.
And the current Premier League champions will be boosted after Ginter admitted he would relish the opportunity to move to the red half of Manchester.
"If it is true, I am of course honoured and excited," Ginter was quoted as saying by talkSPORT. "On the other hand, there is still a long way to the summer."
The defender has enjoyed a breakthrough season that has also resulted in international recognition after Joachim Low opted to include him in his Germany squad for the upcoming friendly against Chile.
Despite his tender years, Ginter is already closing in on 60 Bundesliga appearances and has won acclaim at under-18, under-19 and under-21 international level.
Bayern Munich and particularly Borussia Dortmund, whose backline has been unsettled for most of the season due to injury, have also been credited with keen interest in the defender but United will be hopeful of striking a deal after his recent comments.
Moyes and his scouting team have been frequent visitors to matches across the continent during United's free weekends this season, particularly in Germany where the club remain linked with a number of players.
Borussia Monchengladbach pair Patrick Herrmann and Max Kruse were reportedly the subject of a personal scouting mission earlier in this year while Bayern Munich's towering defender Dante also came under the United manager's watchful eye.
Bayern midfielder Toni Kroos remains the most high profile name to be linked with a move to Old Trafford from the Bundesliga as he continues to stall on a new contract with the Bundesliga and Champions League holders.