Speculation linking Marco Reus with a transfer to Manchester United shows little sign of abating, while it was increased further this week after quotes attributed former Borussia Dortmund teammate and close friend Mario Gotze emerged.
Gotze, it was claimed, said that Reus harbours a desire to move to Old Trafford in the summer transfer window. But, as it transpired, Gotze did not say this, with the words he supposedly uttered having actually been plucked from thin air. GiveMeSport ran the comments, as did many other sources. Sorry about that.
But the fact these quotes are false does rather make sense given that Reus is, and surely always will be, a supporter of the club for which he already plays. That is not to say there is no ambition to play for Manchester United, but would that desire be strong enough to lead him away from Dortmund?
Manchester United have far greater riches to offer Reus than Dortmund possibly can, with the 20-time league title winners prepared to pay the player £200,000-per-week if he moves to Old Trafford. Dortmund may not be able to provide something as tangible, but the sentiment attached to representing the club should not be underestimated.
A transfer to Manchester United would be a significant honour for any player, but Reus has it pretty good with Dortmund and Jurgen Klopp. At Dortmund, Reus already enjoys a status similar to that of Wayne Rooney with Manchester United, and the importance of his role will only increase following the departure of Robert Lewandowski.
There is little wonder David Moyes wants to recruit Reus, whose is reported to be valued at around £35 million, but their pursuit of another key target may prove futile once again. Cesc Fabregas did not want to leave Barcelona, while Bayern Munich will not sell Toni Kroos. Will the Reus story reach a similar conclusion?