Bayern Munich are reportedly set to make a summer move for Borussia Dortmund sensation Christian Pulisic.
According to Sport Bild (h/t Calciomercato.com), the Bundesliga champions are keen to reinforce their attacking options and want to add a long-term successor for the likes of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery.
It appears as though 19-year-old Pulisic is one of their top targets.
Here's a look at how the story was covered in the German press:
SPORT BILD @SPORTBILD
Das und vieles mehr erwartet euch morgen in der neuen @SPORTBILD! https://t.co/b6ALdGI3ET2018-1-30 20:00:00
The United States international is said to have a market value of around €45 million (£40 million), although Dortmund are ready to dig in their heels in the face of any approach and only sell for a much higher price.
That's understandable, as Pulisic is among the brightest prospects in world football. Following the sale of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal on Wednesday, per the Arsenal website, you sense the American's role in the BVB side will grow in importance.
As noted by Scouted Football, based on the recent acquisitions made by Dortmund, they are a club building for a bright future:
Scouted Football @ScoutedFtbl
Teenage Mutant Ninja Dortmund: 🇺🇸 Christian Pulisic (19) 🇸🇪 Alexander Isak (18) 🏴 Jadon Sancho (17) 🇪🇸 Sergio Gómez (17) Did someone say 4-2-3-1? 🐝 https://t.co/mICgzzFltQ2018-1-30 22:01:00
Of the players mentioned, Pulisic is arguably the crown jewel, as he's already showcased the talent needed to make an impression in the Bundesliga and the UEFA Champions League.
There are so many exciting facets to his game. The youngster is a brilliant technician and clever in the way he uses the ball. Additionally, Pulisic boasts a change of pace and quick feet that allow him to leave opposition defenders standing.
Ronan Murphy of Goal isn't surprised to see Bayern looking at Pulisic given the precedent they have set in signing the Bundesliga's best in the past:
Ronan Murphy @swearimnotpaul
Borussia Dortmund and US attacker Christian Pulisic is a target of Bayern Munich according to SportBild. That should come as a shock to no-one as he's one of the Bundesliga's hottest prospects so a move to Munich seems inevitable. #FCB #BVB2018-1-31 10:17:12
The recent capture of Leon Goretzka from Schalke 04 suggests the Munich outfit are conscious of building a team for the future.
The manner in which the team invests in the attacking positions will be especially important. In the wide areas, Robben and Ribery have been important to Bayern's recent dominance, and while they remain major threats, they are in the twilight of their careers.
Pulisic's future may be as a No. 10, although he's showcased a versatility in where he can be utilised at Dortmund.
Mark Lovell of ESPN FC believes the big issue for Bayern will be finding the money to afford him:
Mark Lovell @LovellLowdown
Pulisic to Bayern bandwagon has inevitably started. Call me naive but don't think Bayern can afford @cpulisic_10 https://t.co/WopBBt926P2018-1-30 20:30:06
Although Dortmund have shown in recent years they're happy to let their top players go for a big fee, they will feel as though Pulisic has a lot more to offer at the Westfalenstadion.
The player still has a lot to learn and plenty of developing to do. So while the chance to join Bayern and challenge for the biggest honours would be tempting, another season at Dortmund would possibly be a sensible step for the youngster at this juncture.