Manchester United have been offered renewed hope in their alleged pursuit of Marco Reus after FIFA agent Dirk Hebel claimed the Borussia Dortmund playmaker has had "zero contact" with bookies favourites Bayern Munich about a potential transfer.
The Daily Star reports that the reigning Bundesliga champions have been heavily linked with a move for the 25-year-old when the transfer window reopens in 2015, with Pep Guardiola keen to entice the Germany international to the Allianz Arena.
However, according to Hebel, speculation linking Reus with a controversial switch of allegiances is wide of the mark, which will be music to the ears of the attacking midfielder's growing list of rival suitors.
"There are no negotiations between Marco and Bayern," the respected representative told German publication Kicker. "There has never been any contact."
Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal will be pleased to hear that Bayern's interest appears to be fictional because he is keen to bring the player to Old Trafford, even after spending more than £50 million on the services of Angel di Maria from Real Madrid in the summer.
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The Dutchman is keen to continue his overhaul of the Manchester United first-team squad, and sees Reus as central to his plans at the Theatre of Dreams moving forward.
However, Van Gaal might be forced to wait until next summer before proceeding with a bid for the talented star - who has a €25 million buyout clause that will become active in his contract next year - after he suffered another ankle injury that looks set to sideline him until January at the earliest.
Arsene Wenger will also be monitoring Reus's situation very closely as he too prepares an offer to entice him to the Emirates Stadium, while Brendan Rodgers completes the trio of Premier League managers that would like to work with the Dortmund hero in the future.
Chelsea were previously linked with one of the Bundesliga's most exciting stars until Jose Mourinho recently denied any interest in signing him because of the wealth of options already available to him in that position at Stamford Bridge.