Shinji Kagawa
Shinji Kagawa has often been linked with a possible return to Germany. [Reuters]

Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs has revealed that the club are interested in signing Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa and Chelsea forward Kevin De Bruyne.

The ambitious German club managed to convince former Bayern Munich midfielder Luiz Gustavo to reject the advances of Arsenal in order to make the move to the Volkswagen Arena and it seems they have big plans for January.

Both Kagawa and De Bruyne have fallen out of favour at their respective clubs, with Manchester United boss David Moyes rarely starting the Japan international, while Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was left unimpressed by the Belgian's early season displays.

Kagawa has made just two appearances for Manchester United in the Premier League, while De Bruyne has played only three timess, leading to speculation that both players could return to Germany.

De Bruyne impressed during a loan spell at Werder Bremen, while Kagawa is still fondly remembered by Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp who has repeatedly admitted that he would love the midfielder to return to the Westfalenstadion.

Now Wolfsburg have declared their intention to try and sign the duo, with Allofs making it clear he wants more high profile arrivals.

"We want to do reasonable transfers, just like with Luiz Gustavo," said Allofs, as quoted in Bild."That was exceptional in terms of transfer fee and dimension.

"We want to continue a selective reinforcement of our squad. Not in a heave-ho style."

"At Werder, I have seen just how good de Bruyne is, and at Dortmund we have seen how well Kagawa can do. If such players are possible, you of course think about them.

"But we should not raise the hopes of our fans. In the end they comment: 'Once again, you failed to sign him'."

United fans would certainly be unhappy should Kagawa be sold as he has become a firm fan favourite, but he has struggled to convince Moyes he deserves a regular spot in the starting XI.