Marco Reus
Manchester United could plan to use Adnan Januzaj as bait to land Marco Reus next summerGetty

Manchester United could plan to use Adnan Januzaj's loan move to Borussia Dortmund to land Marco Reus next summer. The Red Devils are big admirers of the German international and the Belgian's move to the Westfalenstadion could be the initial groundwork needed to complete the deal.

According to the Mirror, Louis van Gaal is a big admirer of the Dormund star, who can play in any position across the front three, and also as a number 10. Reus has started this season in brilliant fashion scoring five goals in six games thus far.

Eyebrows were raised when Januzaj was allowed to leave on a season-long loan after the midfielder produced some impressive displays in United's opening games of the season, and even scored the winner against Aston Villa in their second Premier League game of the season. Van Gaal had indicated that he will be given a chance to play in the number 10 role, or even as a forward before they splashed out £36m ($54m) to sign Anthony Martial from Monaco.

The Belgian international's progress will be monitored along with Reus, who signed a new four-year contract with the Bundesliga club in February this year. According to the Daily Telegraph, the 20-times English champions are set for a change in transfer strategy in the coming seasons, with the club set to focus on signing proven world-class talent over ensuring squad depth.

However, one concern for Van Gaal will be the Germany international forward's injury record. Reus has had tough luck with injuries in recent seasons and his latest toe fracture, which kept him out of his country's Euro 2016 qualifier win over Poland, is his eighth injury in the past two years.

Meanwhile, the Mirror report also claimed that apart from Reus, Van Gaal was also monitoring the progress of Bournemouth winger Matt Ritchie, who has impressed for the Cherries in their debut Premier League campaign.