Manchester City have reportedly met with representatives of Hoffenheim midfielder Roberto Firmino in the hope of beating Bayern Munich to his signature.
The Daily Mirror claims the Brazil international is said to be tempted by a switch to Bayern as it would allow him to remain in Germany, where he is settled, but that has not deterred the Blues from attempting to secure a deal before the summer transfer window opens.
The aim is to get a £20m agreement in place in the coming weeks and ward off interest from elsewhere.
City are widely-expected to embark on an extensive recruitment drive at the end of a bitterly disappointing campaign, which will end without a piece of silverware.
Instead of fighting to retain their Premier League title, they have found themselves in a battle to simply secure a top-four finish and qualification for next season’s Champions League.
They exited both domestic competitions prematurely and once again failed to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League, leaving manager Manuel Pellegrini under serious pressure.