Manchester United have been encouraged in the pursuit of some top Bundesliga talent at the end of the season after a Borussia Dortmund supremo admitted that there will be some exits ahead of the new season.
Dortmund CEO Hans Joachim Watzke is quoted on Sky Sports as telling Reuters that the Bundesliga giants are not planning large-scale changes at the Westfalenstadion, before admitting that there would be at least a couple of departures.
"There will be no major overhaul," he said. "Last year one player left (Robert Lewandowski), this year it is probably two.
"Everything else is still open. So yes, there will be change but not a complete overhaul of the team. As for any of the other cases, I will not talk about names."
This will be positive news for Manchester United, a side who have been linked to several Dortmund players in recent months.
Germany internationals Mats Hummels and Ilkay Gundogan are two players who are said to be especially high on Louis van Gaal's shortlist, and time will tell whether is it now a genuine possibility that those players that leave North-West Germany will both be ending up at Old Trafford.
Defender Hummels has already admitted that he is thinking of leaving the club at the end of the season, according to comments in the Mail, while Gundogan is out of contract at the end of the next year and Sky Sports have already stated he is discussing a switch to join up with the Red Devils.