Manchester United transfer rumours and news: Mario Gotze set for exit; Toni Kroos and Adrien Rabiot linked

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Mario Gotze looks increasingly likely to leave Bayern Munich – with Manchester United and Liverpool set to fight for the Germany international’s signature.

Gotze’s future with the Bundesliga champions has been under scrutiny as has struggled for game time, and that scrutiny has intensified after Bayern revealed they have no plans to extend the striker’s contract.

Gotze has been heavily linked with a move to Anfield and a reunion with Jurgen Klopp, the manager who promoted a teenage Gotze to the Borussia Dortmund first team in 2009.

However, with United in the hunt for a top-class striker Louis van Gaal could be about to enter the running. Gotze’s contract expires at the end of 2017. Bayern’s sporting director Matthias Sammer said on the contract situation: “Bayern Munich are the party calling the shots. We all know how the situation is and how long his contract is running. We are in no rush and will work this out at our leisure.”

Real Madrid have told Manchester United have been told they will have to pay £40.5m this month for the services of Toni Kroos.

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The Germany international is a target for the United manager Van Gaal but, according to reports today, he will not come cheap.

According to A Bola, the La Liga side want to raise funds to sign Edinson Cavani from Paris Saint-Germain, and want to do so by letting Kroos join United. They are reportedly keen to push both deals through this month.

Also linked with a move to Old Trafford is Adrien Rabiot, Paris Saint-Germain’s France youth international. The 20-year-old is a rising star and is also a target for Arsene Wenger at Arsenal. Don Balon report today that Van Gaal could scupper any potential move by meeting PSG’s £21.4m asking price.

Finally, Jose Mourinho is reported to be so confident of replacing Van Gaal next summer that he has approached some of his former assistants about joining him at Old Trafford.

According to The Sun, Mourinho believes he will be appointed the new United manager within the next six months.