Premier League clubs face competition for Bundesliga ace.
Barcelona look set to steal a march on Arsenal and Manchester United with a bid to sign Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender this January, according to Fichajes.com.
The German international has long been linked with a move to a bigger club after his impressive displays in the Bundesliga, and it could now be that the Nou Camp will be his next destination.
The Catalan giants look in need of strengthening after a difficult start to the season, with some steel needed in midfield and Bender emerging as their top target.
The former Arsenal and United target could cost around £24m this January, though Barca are also looking at Atletico Madrid playmaker Koke.