Manchester United have been given hope in the pursuit of Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan, with the German club showing an interest in Shinji Kagawa, according to reports from The Mirror.

The Red Devils have made the Bundesliga playmaker one of their top targets heading towards the summer, with David Moyes desperate to rebuild his midfield after a difficult season.

The Scot has struggled to echo the form of predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson, with disappointing form of his central players seen as a major contributing factor.

Gundogan has been hailed as the man to solve Moyes’ problems, with the German international having been lauded for his range of passing and physicality.

A swoop has long been considered as a difficult one, but United have been buoyed by news that Dortmund are keen on Kagawa.

The Japanese passer moved to Old Trafford from the Westfalenstadion in 2012 for £16m, but has failed to make a real impact.

Dortmund are considering taking him back, which has opened the door to him being used as a sweetener in a deal for Gundogan.

United also want Marco Reus, but the winger – who is one of last season’s Champions League runners-ups’ first-team stars – is believe to be unavailable.

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