Manchester United's hopes of signing Marco Reus have been handed a significant boost after Germany compatriot Mario Gotze was quoted as saying the Borussia Dortmund winger is desperate to move to Old Trafford.
The 24-year-old is one of the most sought after attacking talents in Europe and his stock remains high after another excellent campaign at the Westfalenstadion having scored 21 goals in all competitions this season having provided a further 18.
The Daily Telegraph report that Dortmund will consider doing business with United this summer should they make an adequate offer, although interest from Barcelona has threatened to undermine their efforts.
However, Bayern Munich star and Reus' former Dortmund teammate Gotze says the German international has had his heart set on a move to United for some time.
"When I was at Borussia Marco (Reus) wanted a move to Man United, he hasn't changed," Gotze was quoted as saying by the Manchester Evening News.
The MEN also suggest that David Moyes will consider using Shinji Kagawa in his attempts to bring Reus to the Premier League. The Japanese international enjoyed two excellent seasons at Dortmund prior to his move to England and remains highly thought of by manager Jurgen Klopp.
With uncertainty surrounding Klopp's future at Dortmund and Robert Lewandowski set to join Gotze at Bayern this summer, United feel they have been presented with their best opportunity to lure Reus to Old Trafford as they prepare to embark on an unprecedented summer of spending.
The club were also reportedly keen to enlist the services of his Dortmund teammate Ilkay Gundogan, but those hopes were ended when the midfielder signed a new contract at the Bundesliga club until 2016.
Similarly, United's pursuit of Bayern midfielder Toni Kroos will also come to an end should he sign a new deal at the Allianz Arena. The midfielder has been locked in a contract impasse with his club since the turn of the year and despite recently expressing his admiration for the Premier League, his agent insists his client will not be leaving the club this summer.
"We have not received any official contract offer [from Manchester United]," Kroos' agent Volker Struth told BILD.
"There is also no need to submit an offer as Toni will be with Bayern Munich until June 2015."