Date: 14th August 2011 at 12:26pm
Written by:
Mario Goetze

Could the German midfielder be heading to Old Trafford?

United’s Summer spending may not be over, despite what Sir Alex Ferguson claimed recently, according to reports today.

With Wesley Sneijder now looking increasingly unlikely to end up at Old Trafford, the United boss has turned his attention to one of the Bundesliga’s rising stars.

The Sunday Express notes:

Manchester United have switched their attention to Borussia Dortmund’s Mario Goetze after becoming frustrated in their attempt to sign Inter Milan playmaker Wesley Sneijder.

United watched 19-year-old Goetze run the midfield in Germany’s 3-2 win against Brazil in Stuttgart last week, a high-profile friendly in which he also scored.

Goetze is rated the best young talent in the Bundesliga after helping Borussia land the title last season, and he has attracted the interest of Real Madrid and Barcelona. United know they would have a fight to persuade Dortmund to sell.

Goetze is contracted at Dortmund until 2014 and is valued at £20million. United updated their dossier on him after it became clear that neither Inter Milan nor Sneijder were prepared to budge on the fee or wages.

Whether Sir Alex would be tempted to try and sign the midfielder this transfer window remains to be seen but with Real Madrid and Barcelona also interested he may have to act sooner rather than later, particularly after losing out on Alexis Sanchez and Raphael Varane to the Spanish clubs.

Signing a nineteen year old would certainly fit in with United’s transfer policy of late, where up and coming youngsters- with the exception of Ashley Young- have been signed in favour of big money established players.

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