Mats Hummels and Kevin Strootman could be considering their futures ahead of the January transfer window, according to Manchester Evening News journalist Stuart Mathieson.
The duo have been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent time, and with Louis van Gaal likely to splash the cash once again in 2015, he may well look to bring the pair to England's elite division in the upcoming market.
They won't come cheap, however, with German defender Hummels rated at the £47 million mark. Roma midfielder Strootman, on the other hand, has been linked with a £32m move to the Premier League side of late, but it appears more likely that the club will look to land them in the summer window.
Mathieson has insisted that he would be surprised if United spent heavily in January, but has admitted that things could change very quickly.
On the potential transfer activity at Old Trafford, Mathieson said: "I'd be very surprised if there's anything major because they are going down the Galactico route now a bit like Real Madrid, so you wouldn't think they'd be doing little makeweight deals here and there.
"Unless it's something like last season when at this point we were not really thinking of Juan Mata for Manchester United and then suddenly it all happens, things change very quickly.
"It's difficult to see the type of players United want coming in the winter, although Mats Hummels is not that happy at Borussia Dortmund, he's on a winter break now in Germany, he might be thinking about his future, things could change there.
"Kevin Strootman is on a winter break with Roma so he might be thinking about his future so things can happen, but at this moment in time I would say unlikely."
United in need?
There's no doubt about it, fans of the Red Devils would love to see the duo arrive in the winter market as the club go in search of success this season.
Despite previous injury problems, Strootman would be the ideal midfield signing for the Red Devils as he could help the club control matches with his physical presence. United boss Louis van Gaal is also well aware of the qualities that the Roma man possesses, having previously worked with him during his tenure with the Dutch national side.
Hummels, meanwhile, would bring valuable experience to the club's back-line after they lost the duo of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand last summer. The German star has endured a torrid time at Borussia Dortmund this term, and may well fancy a new challenge in the Premier League.
It's a double deal that would most certainly come at a cost for United, but it could help Van Gaal complete the squad he desires at the Theatre of Dreams.
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