The Daily Express report that Manchester United and Liverpool will need to fend off the January advances of Borussia Monchengladbach if they are to land World Cup-winning midfielder Christoph Kramer.
But besides the fact the he was left seeing stars after a collision in the final in Brazil, what is there to know about the 23-year-old, who is on the books of Bayer Leverkusen?
An all-action central-midfielder by trade, he is currently in the second season of two-term loan deal at Monchengladbach.
Yet to play a game for the Leverkusen first team, he leapt to prominence playing alongside Granit Xhaka in the heart of Lucien Favre’s middle band, as Die Fohlen finished just six points off the Champions League places last term.
So efficient was the partnership that the pair were able to make a go of that rarest of modern day commodities, a two-man midfield as part of a centre-forwardless configuration.
The player’s arms-length treatment by his parent club is all the more bizarre give his 2013/14 form convinced Die Mannschaft coach Joachim Low to call him up for their ultimately glorious campaign.
His main role in possession was to assist his Swiss colleague, the side’s playmaker, by making the kind of passes that go towards constructing moves and keeping them going.
This was done at a phenomenal rate of accuracy (88.6 per cent) that doesn’t diminish over greater distances.
Off the ball, the 6ft3in unit is a tireless worker with a real presence, averaging 2.9 tackles and 2.6 interceptions an outing last term in the Bundesliga.
In case any readers out there were thinking so far, so Tom Cleverley, Kramer’s standing is elevated by his technique and confidence in possession.
A knack for creating space by beating players with the ball at his feet makes him a more incisive alternative to the Englishman.
United are currently the 13/10 outsiders to win their Premier League head-to-head with fellow Kramer admirers Liverpool.