A German revolution might be about to take place at Manchester United as two of the Bundesliga's hottest stars are linked to the Red Devils: Marco Reus and Thomas Mueller.
Simon Jones of the Mail Online writes that United are preparing to make a move for Borussia Dortmund's superstar attacker Reus, stating:
"Manchester United are expected to place an official bid for Marco Reus at Borussia Dortmund over the coming days but may leave a move for Toni Kroos until next summer when he becomes a free agent."
The German international fanned the flames of doubt at an awards ceremony, where he was named Dortmund's Player of the Year, refusing to pledge his future to last season's Champions League finalists.
Richard Arrowsmith of the Mail Online quoted Reus saying:
It's like that in this business. Every player only has one career and wants to get the best out of it. You have to decide what's best for you. We'll see about that. Every footballer has his goals and is dreaming of winning titles. At the end of your career, you want to be able to say that you've won many titles.
Reus has yet to win a trophy with Jurgen Klopp's men since returning to Dortmund, in 2012. He had previously spent his youth at the club.
Arrowsmith writes that the electrifying winger will be one of Louis van Gaal's primary targets, should the Dutchman take the Old Trafford hot seat.
Kevin Palmer of The Sunday World also tweeted about Reus' link to United:
Bayern Munich's versatile attacker Mueller is now on the Old Trafford radar after his agent refused to rule out a move to the Premier League. Stephan Uersfeld, German correspondent for ESPN FC, reports that Ludwig Koegl discounted a move to Barcelona for his client, but he refused to comment when asked if Mueller would move to England.
101GreatGoals.com have also reported on German publication Kicker's claim that a tug-of-war for Mueller's signature will now happen as Arsenal and Liverpool battle United.
Mueller's career exploded at Bayern as a teenager under the tutelage of Van Gaal and a reunion with his former mentor might appeal to the dynamic 24-year-old.
Capturing Reus and Mueller would be a statement of intent by the Glazer family as they look to publicly back and rebuild the club after David Moyes' failed tenure.
Reus especially has had a great 2013-14 season and he posted some impressive figures. The winger has hit 21 goals in 38 league and European games this year for his club, per WhoScored.com.
But the player has also contributed 15 assists: An area United's current midfielders and wingers fail in.
If Van Gaal is appointed in the coming days, players of Reus and Mueller's standard are the level of quality he will need to bring to United, if he wants to facilitate immediate success. The squad that Sir Alex Ferguson left behind might have been champions but Moyes has damaged the club's equilibrium.
Reus would be an important capture and would be a worthy suitor to United's magnificent No. 7 jersey. His flair and pace are suited to the United philosophy of attacking football, and a link with Juan Mata and Wayne Rooney behind Robin van Persie would scare every team in Europe.
Van Gaal needs to move away from the trust that has previously been shown in players such as Nani and Ashley Young, and he needs to find a new direction for the club.
If he can do that this summer, United will once again take their place at the top of the table.