Manchester United are hoping to secure a £70 million double deal for Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani and Borussia Dortmund winger Marco Reus in January.
This is according to the Metro, who understand that the Red Devils are gearing up for another period of spending in the New Year, just months after splashing the cash in the summer transfer window.
The likes of Angel di Maria, Radamel Falcao and Ander Herrera all arrived in the summer, but United boss Louis van Gaal appears keen to further strengthen his squad with the acquisition of two players widely considered world class.
United, however, are not the only club keen to sign the two players in question. Cavani is wanted by both Arsenal and Liverpool, according to fresh reports in the Daily Star, while Reus is on the radar of Liverpool and Chelsea.
So, what are the chances of Manchester United landing either player when the transfer window re-opens in a few weeks’ time?
Cavani has long felt unsettled at the Parc des Princes. But the 27-year-old, who established his reputation as one of world football’s best numbers nines thanks to his goalscoring exploits with Palermo and Napoli, has still managed to score 37 goals in 64 appearances with the French champions.
Whether Van Gaal will be prepared to sign Cavani without offloading one of his current batch of strikers, though, seems unlikely. Competition is fierce for forward positions at Old Trafford, with Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, James Wilson and Falcao all considered first-team options.
It could be a different situation with Reus, whose Dortmund side currently sit rock bottom of the Bundesliga. As a result, Jurgen Klopp will be desperate to keep his star man at Signal Iduna Park for the second half of the season, although the Dortmund boss would rather sell for big money to an English club than lose another key player to domestic rivals Bayern Munich.
The 25-year-old has been magnificent for Dortmund since arriving at the club from Borussia Mönchengladbach in 2012 - and is subsequently one of the most sought-after players on the planet at present.
There’s little doubt that both players would significantly enhance Manchester United’s chances of securing a top-four finish at the end of the season; however, Van Gaal’s men currently occupy fourth spot in the Premier League table having won their previous four fixtures.