Bayern Munich have turned their attentions to Manchester City midfielder Nigel De Jong after cooling their interest in Spain international Javi Martinez.
Martinez, also a mooted target for Manchester City, has been on Bayern’s radar for the past year, but chief executive officer Karl-Heinz Rumenigge admits his side are unlikely to sign the Spaniard after describing Athletic Bilbao’s £31.3m valuation of the midfielder as "indecent".
And according to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, Bayern will now pursue a move for De Jong, who is tipped leave City this summer.
De Jong, who joined City from Hamburg in 2009, managed just 11 Premier League starts last season - a far cry from the 60 league starts he racked up during his first two full seasons at the club.
The 27-year-old is out of contract at City next summer and manager Roberto Mancini is reportedly willing to sanction the sale of the Holland international, who is available for a fee of £7.8m.