Manchester United have reportedly stepped up their efforts to sign Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus at the end of the season, according to Tutto Mercato Web.
The 24-year-old has long been on the radar of the outgoing English champions and has been strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent years. He has been in impressive form for Jurgen Klopp's side this season, scoring 16 goals and managing 13 assists in 29 league appearances.
The report claims United are keen on landing the German international and are preparing a €40m bid in signing the talented midfielder. The Red Devils are trying to persuade Reus to join his former Dortmund teammate Shinji Kagawa at Old Trafford.
The Japanese international was rumoured to return to Signal Iduna Park in the coming transfer window as United were preparing a swap deal in acquiring the services of Reus. However, Kagawa's agent has played down the speculation and confirmed the playmaker will continue in England.
Reus's compatriot and Bayern Munich midfielder Mario Gotze earlier revealed that Dortmund midfielder has long been an admirer of the Red Devils and he wants to make a switch to Old Trafford.
United could face competition in trying to lure Reus in the summer. Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has admitted that he remains confident their star player will continue with his current employers next season.
"Not at all. Quite the opposite. It's not a surprise that our players are moving into the focus of top European clubs in view of their performances. We know what we have with Marco," Watzke told Dortmund's official website.
"On the contrary I'm quite sure that Marco likes it here with us very much and knows what he has with this extraordinary club. Otherwise he wouldn't be able to display these performances so consistently.
"I'm sure that Marco will celebrate more successes with Dortmund and besides we are pleased about the way Jurgen Klopp and for example Mats Hummels have expressed their feelings of belonging to Dortmund again and again over recent weeks."