Barcelona have told Marco Reus he will be their star signing this summer and are hoping to agree a €35m deal to beat rivals Manchester United to his signature, reports Sport.
The Borussia Dortmund forward has had a week to forget after damaging ankle ligaments in a World Cup warm-up game for Germany. He has been ruled out of the World Cup and will now focus on determining where his future lies.
Dortmund are understandably keen to hold on to the player but after scoring 23 goals and creating 23 in 42 games, Reus has attracted the attention of some big clubs.
Manchester United were reportedly keen to add the dynamic forward to their ranks as they look to replace the stuttering wingers of Wilfried Zaha, Nani and Ashley Young.
However, their new manager, Louis van Gaal, is still concentrating all his efforts on the Dutch national squad and that is delaying any transfer movements at the moment.
Barcelona are taking advantage of that fact by verbally agreeing a deal with Reus and will now open negotiations with Dortmund with a tantalizing €35m offer.
Reus is keen to become a Barcelona player, linking up in a forward trio of Neymar and Lionel Messi as Luis Enrique looks to add a fresh look to the Blaugrana club.
It would be another significant blow for Manchester United, who were ready to spend big this summer but have found themselves struggling to convince major stars to join the club.
The Red Devils have been linked with moves for the likes of Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller but it seems without European football, top players are rejecting their advances.
Reus, who is considered one of the most dangerous forwards in Europe, would have added significant fluency to Manchester United's attack but it seems like Barcelona are in prime position to take the man to the Nou Camp.
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