Manchester United appear to have been offered hope in their pursuit of Marco Reus, with the player having seemingly failed to rule out the possibility of a move away from Borussia Dortmund.
The Red Devils are believed to be interested in Reus, with the player said to be one of prospective new manager Louis van Gaal's top transfer targets for the summer ahead.
"It's like that in this business. Every player only has one career and wants to get the best out of it. You have to decide what's best for you. We'll see about that," the German international was quoted by The Daily Mail.
If indeed Manchester United to follow through with their reported interest in the near future, then Reus could be faced with a very difficult decision indeed.
While the 24-year-old - who reportedly has a release clause of €35 million that could be activated in the coming months - clearly has a great deal of affection for his hometown club, there is no doubt that Dortmund have endured a disappointing 2013/14 campaign.
Although Jurgen Klopp's side lie second in the Bundesliga ahead of fierce rivals Schalke, they are 19 points adrift of leaders and reigning champions Bayern Munich, with Pep Guardiola and co having safely and comprehensively wrapped up the title weeks ago.
However, Manchester United have also struggled this season, with David Moyes - the man selected by Sir Alex Ferguson as the ideal manager to continue his legacy at Old Trafford - totally failing to assert any sort of authority over the role.
With the club - who won their 20th top-flight title with ease during Ferguson's final year - languishing in seventh place in the Premier League, the Manchester United hierarchy dispensed of Moyes over the Easter period and placed the legendary figure of Ryan Giggs in temporary charge of first-team affairs.
Manchester United's absence from the Champions League will presumably make it tougher for the club to successful recruit players of a high caliber, although the possible presence of an experienced and reputable leader such as Van Gaal could help enormously in that regard.