Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa is a reported target for Atletico Madrid as the Spanish club look to make some final reinforcements before the close of the summer transfer window.
Kagawa only recently returned to full training with the Premier League champions following his exertions with Japan during the off-season, and has yet to make a competitive appearance for the Red Devils this season.
According to the Daily Mail, Atletico Madrid are keeping tabs on Kagawa's situation at Old Trafford and would be prepared to offer the player an escape route for the remainder of the campaign, were it to become evident his opportunities will be limited.
Kagawa suffered a frustrating first season with Manchester United following his transfer from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2012, but he is expected to feature in the plans of David Moyes during 2012-13.
"I know a little about him as a player," said Moyes during the club's pre-season tour.
"Sir Alex spoke in glowing terms about Shinji and how good a player he is...I'm trying to learn Japanese and he's trying to understand my Scottish.
"It was his first season in the Premier League last year. He's a young player so we hope his development continues. I look forward to working with him and hopefully he has a really good season coming up."
Injury played a prominent factor in the 24-year-old's maiden campaign with the Red Devils, but he managed to find the net six times during his 20 appearances in the Premier League.