Reus injury is bad news for United in £25m pursuit of fellow German

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Manchester United also want Thomas Muller - but will Barcelona beat them to their man?

The injury list for the World Cup is growing and growing day by day - with more prestigious names hitting the list all the time.

We have had Falcao, Walcott, Strootman, Ribery and now even talk of Cristiano Ronaldo potentially having to withdraw - while German international Marco Reus is also missing with torn ankle ligaments.

The Borussia Dortmund player was the Bundesliga's star of the show last season - shining in both the goal scoring and assisting sides of the game. With that in mind he was always going to be a big target for some of Europe's big teams - with Manchester United and Barcelona both said to be keen.

But the injury comes at a bad time for United, as it now leaves them in a two horse race for another target.

United are believed to be keen on Reus' international team-mate Thomas Muller of Bayern Munich. But last week it was reported by the Spanish press that Barca also liked the idea of bringing in Muller, who was their second option.

Believed to be worth around £25 million, he recently told media in his homeland:

"I have come to a point where I want to know if I am an important part of the future starting line-up in Bavaria. And [I need to know] if the club really has plans for me in the coming years. That is why I have asked for a conversation."

The fact is United have a better chance of getting Muller than Reus. Muller has a successful relationship with Louis van Gaal from the new Manchester United boss' Bayern days and that could sway his decision. Reus on the other hand would be forfeiting Champions League football with no real personal reason to head to Manchester.

Barca would however fancy their chances, but with him set to be out for a long time with a nasty injury, who will they turn to?

Muller will be high up the list.

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