As usual, Manchester United are keeping their ears firmly to the ground when it comes to unearthing the next big talent in Europe, and the latest on their long list of youngsters scouted is Johannes Eggestein.
The 17-year-old striker, who currently plays for Werder Bremen’s youth team, has been on fire this season, and added another three goals to his tally against RB Leipzig last week.
Scoring all of his team’s goals in a 3-3 draw, the youngster boasts a very impressive tally of 22 goals in 16 U19 league games so far.
According to Weser Kurier, Manchester United were present at that game, alongside scouts from Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund, who both maintain a strong interest in the youngster.
The reason behind this strong interest is Eggestein’s current contract, which is due to run out in June 2016, meaning clubs would be able to snap him up for free were he to let it run down.
This has, of course, caused Werder Bremen to start discussions with the youngster about a renewal at the German club, but the prospect of moving to a bigger side could trump whatever they are prepared to offer.
Weser Kurier, who are based in Bremen, are obviously worried that their local team could lose on of its finest talents, and speculate that if Johannes moved to United, he would just be shipped out on loan somewhere.
The same would happen at either Leverkusen or Dortmund, such is the competition to break into the first-team in those clubs, meaning staying at Bremen would be his best bet at the moment.
Bremen, who are currently 16th in the Bundesliga, find themselves in the precarious position of fighting against relegation, which could be the deciding factor for Eggestein.
Why would he want to stay at a club in the German Second Division when he could be developing at Manchester United or Dortmund?
The next few months will be very interesting, and perhaps decisive, for Eggestein, meaning we will keep an eye on any updates regarding the young German in the future.