Manchester United are serious about signing Marco Reus, it was claimed by yesterday's Times newspaper.
They revealed that David Moyes dispatched assistant Steve Round and coach Kevin Lundstrom to watch Reus in action for Borussia Dortmund against Napoli in midweek.
There they saw Reus score a penalty and provide an assist as he inspired his side to a 3-1 win.
The German has a €35 million release clause in his contract, and so Dortmund are vulnerable to top sides snatching away the attacker unless they can agree a new deal with him to remove it.
United are not the only side interested, after Spanish giants Barcelona joined the race.
Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo report that Barcelona had scouts at Dortmund's game in midweek, focusing on Reus as well as Napoli 'keeper Pepe Reina.
While Barcelona's priorities are strengthening defensively, they are still said to be strongly considering further attacking options, with Reus a player they could rotate with Pedro and Sanchez.
The paper add they will intensify their search for new players, and keep track of future developments surrounding the player.
The German has always said he is keen to stay at Dortmund, but Barcelona will no doubt feel they have as good a chance as anybody of tempting him away.
Critics will argue they don't need him, and that's a fair point, but when you are collecting the world's best attacking players, you can surely never have too much of a good thing, right?
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