Manchester United have received a double boost in their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund duo Ilkay Gundogan and Marco Reus, after last season’s Champions League finalists renewed their interest in Shinji Kagawa, according to the Sunday Mirror.
The Red Devils signed Kagawa from Dortmund for a reported £16m fee in June 2012; however, the Japan international has failed to hold down a first-team place under both Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes.
United are prepared to use the 24-year-old playmaker as a makeweight in a deal involving either Gundogan or Reus, although it’s believed that the former would be a more realistic summer signing for the reigning Premier League champions.
Germany midfielder Gundogan, valued at £25m and also on Real Madrid’s radar, is moving closer to the final year of his contract - while his father, and agent, recently confirmed that his son is willing to listen to offers.
One concern for Moyes, however, is that the 23-year-old has been out of action for the last six months with a back injury.
The United boss has also been linked with a move for Dortmund’s attacking winger Reus in recent months, although the Bundesliga outfit are believed to be less keen to sell the 24-year-old.
Kagawa, meanwhile, may welcome a return back to Signal Iduna Park, where he enjoyed two successful seasons, winning back-to-back Bundesliga titles.