German daily tabloid Bild claims up to 11 clubs are chasing Borussia Monchengladbach defensive midfielder Christoph Kramer.
Kramer was part of the Germany squad, which won the World Cup in Brazil and Bild has strongly suggested that a number of clubs could make plays to sign him before the start of the new season.
“Eleven top clubs from Italy, Spain and England are chasing the midfielder,” reports Bild.
“Among those are Manchester United, Everton, AC Milan, Juventus, Atletico Madrid and Sevilla.”
It shouldn’t be a major surprise to see United as one of the teams listed because of the fact United’s midfield could still use a new holding player ahead of the new season.
United have added well this summer with Ander Herrera coming into the middle of the team but with Michael Carrick ruled out for the next couple of months, LvG needs a defensive brain protecting his back four.
Everton would also be a great club for Kramer considering Roberto Martinez’ ability to develop the all round game of younger players.
However, Everton’s permanent capture of Gareth Barry makes missing out on the German star easier to bear, if they can’t be competitive financially against the other sides interested this summer.
As things stand Kramer’s contract expires in the summer of 2015, which puts Monchengladbach in a difficult position considering Kramer has admitted he’s just focused on the new season with his current team.
“I just want to play football in peace, looking forward to the season with Borussia extremely,” he’s quoted by the paper.
His current side have to decide whether to open up a bidding war for him as they try to get the biggest fee possible or risk trying to get him to sign a new contract over the course of the coming season.
As the situation with Robert Lewandowski showed at Borussia Dortmund, if Monchengladbach don’t manage to get him to sign a renewal, there’s a massive risk he could leave for nothing next summer.