According to German media outlet Bild, Liverpool and Manchester United could miss out on summer target Christoph Kramer, with Borussia Moenchengladbach set to launch a £12 million bid in an attempt to land his signature. The Bayern Leverkusen midfielder is currently half way through a two-year loan deal at Gladbach, who could decide to make his move permanent come January.
The 23-year-old would be a fantastic addition to both Premier League clubs, with the two sides in the market for a adept holding-midfield player. Louis van Gaal's Manchester United team has been criticised for a lack of balance since the start of the season, a deficiency Kramer's arrival would address, while Brendan Rodgers is seeking a replacement for Lucas Leiva at Anfield.
Reports suggest both managers made movements for the World Cup winner during the summer window. In fact, he was approached by several teams during previous months, including Juventus and Atletico Madrid, but his parent club rejected all enquiries.
The German youngster's main strengths lie in his ability to read and break up play, he is an adept tackler and an accurate passer. He proved his credentials throughout his involvement in the previous Bundesliga campaign, winning 79 tackles and completing 88% of his attempted passes. He also averaged five defensive actions per match.
He experienced a very successful 2014; securing a regular place in his club's starting eleven, before being selected for the senior international side. He played in the final of the World Cup against Argentina, after being brought in to replace Sami Khedira.
|Match||Team||Position||Total Passes||Pass Accuracy (%)||Total Touches||Mins|
|Christoph Kramer||vs Argentina||Germany||MF||10||90.00||13||32|
Unfortunately, he didn't last long. Following a clash with Gonzalo Higuain, he ended up having to be substituted in the first-half. Nonetheless, he still managed to complete 90% of his attempted passes.
Signing Kramer would represent good business for Gladbach, who could see him develop into an integral figure for Joachim Low's German side. His World Cup performances, even if somewhat brief, were simply a taste of what to expect in the future, and for just £12 million he would prove an astute addition to a number of Europe's top sides.