Wolfsburg are lining up a bid for Bayern Munich midfielder Luiz Gustavo, according to reports in the German media.
Gustavo, 25, who is under contract at Bayern until 2015, could struggle for first-team football at the Treble winners next season, following the signing of Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara.
Sport Bild reported on Wednesday that the Brazil international will be one of the casualties as coach Pep Guardiola looks to implement his new 4-1-4-1 system.
Gustavo played a part in the Selecao's triumphant Confederations Cup campaign last month, and with opportunities limited at the European champions, he could be forced to move on in order to preserve his chances of playing in the World Cup next summer.
Wolfsburg are believed to have set their sights on the former Hoffenheim player, with general manager Klaus Allofs stating that there is no doubt about the quality of Gustavo, who “meets all the criteria”.
However, the transfer fee and Gustavo’s wage demands, as well as a lack of European football for the club next season, could prove to be stumbling blocks.
“We will only do something in the transfer market if the quality and the price is right,” Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking told kicker.
The Bundesliga club may be aided in their cause by owners Volkswagen, though, with CEO Martin Winterkorn recently quoted as saying: “If it is necessary we would be ready to step in.”
Winterkorn is also a member on the Bayern board.