Manchester United's summer activity is likely to be dominated by links to Borussia Dortmund stars Marco Reus and Ilkay Gundogan.
The German duo are two of the latest names to be thrown onto David Moyes' rumoured wish list. United, currently gearing up for their Champions League quarter-final second leg with Bayern Munich, are sure to be extremely busy during a summer that looks to put this season's failures right.
Here, we detail the latest news and quotes surrounding reported transfer targets.
Latest on Manchester United's Summer Transfer Targets
Marco Reus, Borussia Dortmund
United fans may still be mopping up after Marco Reus' excellent first-half display during Dortmund's European semi-final with Real Madrid. The electric forward nearly inspired a famous comeback with two goals in the second leg of the 3-2 aggregate loss, a drool-worthy performance in front of the Westfalenstadion.
Reus has been consistently linked with an Old Trafford move in recent weeks. Neil Moxley of the Sunday People suggested Moyes was considering a cash-plus-Shinji Kagawa bid back in March, but since then, speculation has largely died down.
However, Ben Fairthorne, who has contributed to CNN, The Sun and The Mail, believes United are now No. 1 contenders for Reus' signature after comments made by the player's agent:
Big breaking news for Manchester United. German agent at the game states Reus has told Dortmund he will be leaving in the summer.— Ben Fairthorne (@BFairthorne) April 6, 2014
Agent indicated Barca and United were 2 clubs showing major interest in Reus, but with current ban at Barca it puts United in pole position.— Ben Fairthorne (@BFairthorne) April 6, 2014
Dortmund CEO Aki Watzke recently suggested he isn't willing to sell players of Reus' ilk, reported by Sport Bild (h/t Stephan Uersfeld of ESPN FC), saying, "We absolutely do not see the need to sell players who have an existing contract."
Although Reus recently issued Barcelona with an "ultimatum," per Ben Jefferson of the Express, the Catalan club's transfer ban rules it out of the running for the time being. Moyes needs to act quickly if he is to land the player, who could exit Dortmund alongside Robert Lewandowski.
Ilkay Gundogan, Borussia Dortmund
An injury-ravaged season is yet to see Ilkay Gundogan make more than one appearance. Even so, the classy midfielder's talent has remained fresh in the memory of many.
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Like Reus, the 23-year-old is reported to be United material. Watzke confirms that, with Gundogan's contract running out, the Dortmund hierarchy have a decision to make on the player's future, per Der Westen (h/t Uersfeld of ESPN FC).
"I am under the impression that everyone involved now knows that a decision has to be made this month. Let's see what this decision will be," said Watzke.
Although the midfielder remains on the recovery table, he is sure to garner plenty of interest across the summer. Germany coach Joachim Low admits he is unsure whether Gundogan will be able to participate at the World Cup, saying, "everyone is stumped" by his condition, per Dermot Corrigan and Uersfeld of ESPN FC.
Gundogan is a dynamic, ball-playing midfielder when in top form. His ability to win possession, dribble confidently and bring others into the game would excel at Old Trafford, where the midfield has struggled for fluency this campaign.
Miralem Pjanic, Roma
Alongside Gundogan, Miralem Pjanic continues to be linked with a switch to United. The versatile Roma midfielder recently commented on a potential Serie A exit, as reported by Gazzetta dello Sport and relayed via Rob Dawson of the Manchester Evening News:
I’m used to these rumours, but some things are true. I’m fine at Roma, I still have a year on my contract and I don’t know what will happen. There will come a time to think about a new contract or a possible transfer, but for now I’m only focused on performing well and the World Cup.
Pjanic has netted five goals and provided six assists during Roma's run to second in Italy, per WhoScored.com. The hard-working player boasts excellent vision, composure when in possession and pinpoint set pieces, making him an ideal candidate to strengthen Moyes' squad.
He is destined to play a key role for Bosnia and Herzegovina at the World Cup, a platform that is sure to alert many scouts to his talents. Pjanic's array of skills and improving confidence would be a smart bet for Moyes, especially if he can land Gundogan as well.