Internazionale are chasing Schalke starlet Ivan Rakitic, his agent has confirmed.
The 19-year-old is already a full international and is considered amongst the best prospects in European football.
Inter's director sport Marco Branca has personally taken in recent Schalke games to check on his progress.
Inter could indeed try and secure a deal before Euro 2008 - when his value could rise further if he performs well.
"Inter have followed Rakitic for a certain period of time and they are very satisfied by what they have seen," Marco Naletilic told the Croatian media.
"He is a very interesting player and his skills are improving rapidly. There hasn't been any contact between the clubs, nor figures mentioned.
"Inter will probably make up their mind in the beginning of the summer and if they are serious about Rakitic, the transfer will be concluded very soon."