Liverpool and Arsenal have been put on red alert after Schalke star Lewis Holtby admitted it would be a "dream" to play in the Premier League.
Holtby, whose father hails from England, started on Wednesday night as his side earned a shock 2-0 win at the Emirates Stadium to dent Arsenal's hopes of progression to the next phase of the Champions League.
The 22-year-old, who is out of contract at the end of the season, has seen his stock rise since returning to Schalke from loan club Mainz last year.
He has been rewarded with senior international recognition by Germany and he is thought to be on the radar of several clubs in England.
Holtby has started this season in fine form, notching three goals and three assists in eight Bundesliga outings, but admits his future could lie elsewhere, despite professing his love for Schalke.
Speaking about talk of a move to the Premier League, he said: "Of course it interests me. But now I'm at Schalke - I love the colours here, I love the team, I love the club.
"My contract runs out next season but you never know. I always said that my dream is to play in England, and it'll [happen] one day, I can tell you that, because my hunger is really big for the Premier League. But I love the Bundesliga so much and I'm happy to be here."
Liverpool are thought to be leading the race to snap up Holtby, who supports Everton, but the playmaker refused to be drawn on whether he would cross the Merseyside divide and sign for the Toffees' bitter rivals.
He added: "That's a coincidence. I don't really bother with this kind of speculation. I have an agent for that."