Kevin Volland was the controversial omission fro Germany's World Cup squad.
Included in the 26-man preliminary selection, Jogi Low's decision to drop him and leave Miroslav Klose as the only recognised forward caused a real talking point in Germany.
The Hoffenheim star, 21, scored 12 goals and provided nine assists last season, alerting Premier League interest.
The Mirror reported that Liverpool and Arsenal were among five clubs keen on the attacker, who has a €15 million release clause in his contract.
Now Hoffenheim face a fresh threat to keep hold of the star, who often plays as a winger on the right.
German newspaper BILD report that Champions League winners Real Madrid are holding an interest in bringing him aboard.
They write: "Kevin Volland should be a prime candidate to take Morata's place at Real."
Alvaro Morata has been told he can leave Madrid for £24 million, with Wolfsburg, Juventus and Arsenal among those interested.
Germans have had success in recent seasons at the Bernabeu, namely Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira. Coming aboard to join a side plush with talent like Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale will turn Volland into a household name recognisable worldwide, and give him the platform to ensure he is never left out of a Germany squad ever again.