Nurnberg have seemingly given up hope of keeping Germany Under 21 rising star Ilkay Gundogan beyond the end of the season.
Manchester United are reportedly following the progress of the midfielder after missing out on Real Madrid's new playmaker, Mesut Ozil, this summer.
Bayer Leverkusen and Hoffenheim have also been credited with an interest in Gundogan, 20, who is under contract with Nurnberg until the summer of 2012.
And Nurnberg general manager Martin Bader appears to have accepted defeat, as he told Kicker: "It's a scenario that Klaus Allofs (Werder Bremen general manager) recently experienced with Mesut Ozil.
"He kept trying to keep hold of him, but eventually, at some point, things were way beyond Bremen's financial limits.
"We are also subject to economic considerations. It's a fact that clubs from inside and outside the Bundesliga have learned about the exceptional qualities of Ilkay Gundogan."