Manchester United may have to experience double transfer pain this season if they manager to miss out on the signing of Cesc Fabregas this season, as that could see them also miss out on another target.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona see Marco Reus as their ideal signing this summer and would consider a move for him if they manage to secure significant funds from the sale of Cesc Fabregas. Manchester United are reportedly desperate to land the former Arsenal captain, but look as though they could well be disappointed as Catalan newspaper Sport (via SportWitness) claim that he is only interested in a return to the Gunners.
If Arsenal do move for the 27-year-old, who made his name under Arsene Wenger at Highbury and Emirates Stadium, that would mean new Old Trafford boss Louis van Gaal misses out on his number one summer target. Further compounding Manchester United's misery would be Barcelona using that money to fund a move for Reus, who is also being tracked by the Red Devils, according to the Mundo Deportivo report.
It also claims that Financial Fair Play rules, as well as Borussia Dortmund resisting a sale, are stopping the Camp Nou club from being able to get serious about the German international, who director of football Andoni Zubizarreta believes could play on the left of a front three with Lionel Messi and Neymar. However, a sale of some sort would be needed and Manchester United would struggle to convince Reus to join them over the Catalan club if it came to a simple choice, as they will be without European football next season.
A lack of Champions League action, after a dismal Premier League campaign that saw them finish seventh, has already seen another target of the Old Trafford club reject any chance of a move. Ukraine star Yevhen Konoplyanka questioned why he would go to Manchester United when he could stay with current club Dnipro and play in Europe's premier club competition next season.