Any proposed transfer for Marco Reus this summer could be scuppered after it was confirmed that the Borussia Dortmund player will miss the beginning of the domestic season. Reus, who has been linked with Barcelona and Manchester United, suffered an ankle injury last Friday that ended his World Cup ambitions.
The problem sustained by Reus during Germany’s encounter with Armenia would now appear to be more serious than had initially been predicted after a second scan revealed the full extent of the damage. Reus is now expected to be unavailable for three months, which means he will not be fit until after the close of the transfer window.
Although Reus himself has insisted that he will not be leaving Dortmund, speculation about his future has persisted, with the 25-year-old’s €35 million release clause proving attractive to both Manchester United and Barcelona.
Manchester United have been credited with the longer-standing interest, which initiated during David Moyes’ reign at Old Trafford and has continued following the appointment of Louis van Gaal, but Barcelona have since emerged in pole position.
Barcelona were reported to have a verbal agreement with Reus, who scored 16 Bundesliga goals last season, although now formal bid for the player is believed to have been made. However, a potential move to the Camp Nou would now seem more unlikely given the German’s injury concerns.