The Manchester United boss has given up on his attempts to sign Inter Milan’s Wesley Sneijder and is now chasing the 19-year-old German prodigy.
United watched Goetze play and score for his country against Brazil last week and were impressed by the way he dominated the midfield.
Real Madrid and Barcelona have also been linked with the midfielder who has been described as the best young talent in the Bundesliga.
He helped Dortmund to the title last season and now Ferguson is set to swoop as he steps up his search for Paul Scholes’ replacement.
£20 million rated Goetze would prove a cheaper alternative to Sneijder who’s wage demands scuppered any chance of a move to Old Trafford.
The Dutchman’s reluctance to take a cut from his £200,000 at the San Siro coupled with Inter’s unwillingness to budge on their £35 million asking price ruined any chance of a deal being agreed.
A move for Goetze would also provide Ferguson with the challenge of moulding another young player into a superstar.
He know’s he’ll have a fight to wrestle the midfielder away from Dortmund due to his deal at Signal Iduna Park having another three-years to run.