Manchester United have reportedly approached Real Madrid to gauge the possibility of recruiting either Mesut Ozil or Luka Modric before the close of the transfer deadline next month.
The Premier League champions have endured a frustrating summer in their pursuit of midfield reinforcements but, according to ESPN, are still intent on acquiring a playmaker of some repute prior to the transfer deadline.
Manchester United have, so far, proved fruitless in their attempts to prise Cesc Fabregas away from Barcelona, and now appear set to focus their attention on two of the most adept creative players at the Santiago Bernabeu.
David Moyes has sanctioned representatives to speak to Real Madrid about Ozil and Modric, although they reportedly have a more realistic chance of signing the latter rather than the Germany international.
Ozil, although no longer a guaranteed starter after the signing of Isco, is held in high regard by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, who ranks the 24-year-old among his favourite players at the club.
Manchester United are reported to have been in dialogue with the representatives of Ozil since June, and the club still retain hope of signing the player, provided Gareth Bale moves to Madrid.
Modric, meanwhile, although rated highly by new manager Carlo Ancelotti, is set to find his second season with Real Madrid even tougher than his first, when he made 15 appearances as a substitute.