Aston Villa in Man Utd and Liverpool transfer tussle for Germany wonderkid

Assan Ouedraogo is of interest to several Premier League clubs
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Aston Villa are reportedly in the race for one of Germany’s hottest prospects - but will face competition from some of European football’s biggest clubs.

Schalke midfielder Assan Ouedraogo appeared to be heading for Bayern Munich, but the Bundesliga giants have pulled out of pursuing his signature. Sky Sports Germany claim that the 18-year-old's camp was officially informed of Bayern's decision this morning.

It means the race to sign Ouedraogo is now wide open and Villa are said to be interested. He has a release clause of at least £12m which Premier League clubs must activate by mid-June.

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Manchester United, Newcastle, and Liverpool have also tracked the youngster, who has received offers from some English top-flight clubs. German sides RB Leipzig and Frankfurt are also in the mix and are hopeful over convincing Ouedraogo too.

Ouedraogo made 17 2. Bundesliga appearances last term for Schalke and recorded five goal contributions with three goals and two assists. He missed a large chunk of the season due to a ligament injury.

He won the Under-17s European Championships last summer with Germany in Budapest as Christian Wuck's side beat France 5-4 on penalties in the final.