Manchester United and Liverpool are set to enter a battle of wallets over Heerenveen wonder boy Daley Sinkgraven, or so reports the Daily Mirror.
The 19-year-old is also a fancy of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munchen and Ajax, but the English duo are apparently not without a shout of luring him to the Premier League.
Allegedly valued at around £4m, a January bid is not out of the question, but De Superfriezen are thought to be keen on keeping him until the summer as they push for European qualification under Dwight Lodeweges.
But whether they move halfway through the campaign, or in pre-season, what kind of player are the pair pursuing?
Lauded for his pace in possession of the ball and willingness to surge forward, Sinkgraven has been deployed mainly in a central-midfield berth, but also occasionally used on the left-wing too.
Something of an all-rounder, the Dutch Under-21 international is a strong passer of the ball and, as well as knowing what to do with it, he’s also adept at wresting it back when the situation calls for it.
An ever-present in the Heerenveen side that currently occupies sixth spot in the Eredivisie, the latest fledgling Oranje superstar averages an impressive 3.1 tackles per outing, as well as 1.8 interceptions.
After emerging on the first-team scene last term, Sinkgraven has gone on to play every minute of his team’s domestic season so far and his creativity is quickly proving to be an asset they can’t do without.
In 17 showings last term he assisted four goals.
This campaign has only enabled him to lay on one, but his key pass average has risen from 1.1 to 2.1 per appearance.
As his would-be assist mean has improved, so has his goal output.
In his maiden season Sinkgraven was unable to find the net, but he has already put two away this campaign.
Clearly an enormous talent, it’s almost certain that whoever pries Sinkgraven away from Heerenveen will have to pay more than £4m, but based on these stats, he’ll be worth the investment.