Manchester United have just one Premier League game left this season, meaning the club's full attention can soon turn to a summer of transfer activity.
Of course, David Moyes' successor still needs to be appointed. Louis van Gaal is expected to be unveiled as manager after Sunday's final match against Southampton, per Ian Ladyman of the Daily Mail, suggesting United aren't far away from doing business.
The club are rumoured to be interested in Marco Reus and Thomas Mueller, while Shinji Kagawa's future has also received an update. Here, we detail the latest news on each.
Latest News on Manchester United's Potential Transfer Activity
In: Marco Reus, Borussia Dortmund
United's transfer window is likely to feature something of a German theme if the rumours are to be believed. The club is linked with a move for Reus once more, but Dortmund remain relaxed over suggestions their electric forward could leave.
BVB chairman Hans-Joachim Watzke reacted coolly when asked if he was surprised by the amount of interest in his key names, per the club's official website:
Not at all. Quite the opposite. It's not a surprise that our players are moving into the focus of top European clubs in view of their performances. We know what we have with Marco.
On the contrary I'm quite sure that Marco likes it here with us very much and knows what he has with this extraordinary club.
Watzke's comments come after former player Mario Goetze was quoted as saying Reus "wanted a move to Manchester United" when he played at the Westfalenstadion, something that "hasn't changed" in the last year, per Colin Harvey of the Daily Star.
United will need to work avidly if they are going to sign the German international. Reus has scored 21 goals and assisted 15 in a combined total of 38 Bundesliga and Champions League appearances, per WhoScored.com, suggesting he won't come cheaply.
In: Thomas Mueller, Bayern Munich
Staying in Germany, Franz Beckenbauer has weighed into suggestions Thomas Mueller could head to United during the summer, per John Ashdown of the Guardian.
The Bayern legend, who often speaks openly about troublesome stories surrounding the club, suggested the Bundesliga champions should do everything in their power to keep Mueller, as reported by Bild (via Jack De Menezes of the Independent):
Normally, I would say we should not stop people who want to move on. But for Thomas Muller, FC Bayern should fight to win him over, if he really has plans to leave.
He is the original Bavarian player, and the fans identify with him. I don’t see any reason why he should be unhappy in Munich.
Mueller's suggested unhappiness comes from his lack of games under Pep Guardiola. The 24-year-old has enjoyed limited minutes across 32 starts and 10 substitute appearances this campaign, per WhoScored.com. Even so, Beckenbauer indicates he is "a very highly respected player" and can leave "only if he states categorically that he does not want to stay."
Should Mueller reveal he wishes to exit, United are expected to be ready and waiting. Mueller remains inconclusive with the press, telling Austrian newspaper Krone he is "definitely not about to jump ship at Bayern," but that he "can't make any guarantees" he'll stay, via Kit Holden of the Daily Mail. This one is very much in the power of the player.
Out: Shinji Kagawa
Poor old Kagawa. Farmed out to the left for much of his United career—away from the No. 10 spot in which he excelled at Dortmund—the Japanese international is yet to hit a consistent patch of form in two years at the club.
At this stage, many will be wondering if he ever will. Sometimes, world-class players just don't fit into a particular side. Even though this appears to be apparent with Kagawa, his agent indicates the 25-year-old is happy at Old Trafford and won't be moving on in the summer.
Thomas Kroth, per Ultimecalcionapoli.it (via Edwin Chong of Sky Sports), played down rumours linking Kagawa with a switch to Rafa Benitez's Napoli:
"Has Benitez made contact with Kagawa? These are just rumours," said Kroth. "He is not unhappy at Manchester United, so there's no reason to talk about him departing to another club."
Kagawa hasn't scored in 25 appearances across the Premier League and Champions League this season. His nimble feet have worked intermittently, producing just three assists, per WhoScored.com. Should Benitez send over the right bid, it might be extremely difficult for United to turn it down.
The club is ready to introduce major change across the squad. Players such as Kagawa, who remain on the periphery, need to make an instant impact under the new manager if they are to stay at the club.
If this doesn't happen, United's latest hire is likely to offload the deadwood before bringing in a selection of new stars for the Old Trafford crowd to worship.
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