Liverpool have been made favourites to sign £44m Manchester United playmaker target Marco Reus in the transfer window.
The news comes just days after the Reds were linked with a big-money move for the player, with The Daily Express reporting that an offer of £44million could be tabled for the player. Speculation has since suggested that a triple bid could be launched for Reus, Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba.
SkyBet have wasted little time in reacting to the news, and now offer odds of 7/2 that the German World Cup winner will arrive at Anfield before September 2nd.
Great rivals Manchester United are second-favourites at 5/1, with Arsenal next in the list at 8/1 and Barcelona further back at 14s. That suggests it’s either a Premier League move or bust for the Borussia Dortmund star in the coming month.
Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has already made his mark in the transfer window this summer, bringing four new faces to Merseyside. Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Lazar Markovic and Emre Cann will all help bolster the club’s attack, and Reus would do the same if he arrived at the club.
It’s no surprise to see the Liverpool boss looking at his attacking options, given that top scorer Luis Suarez has departed for pastures new in Spain. Rodgers will need to replace his goals if the Reds are to challenge for the Premier League title once again.
Whilst Reus isn’t an out-an-oh finished, he certainly has an eye for goal, scoring 30 goals in 62 domestic appearances over the last two seasons at the Signal Iduna Park. He is also capable of playing on the wing as well as in an advanced midfield position, offering the Liverpool boss a couple of different option.
The betting odds suggest a deal is far from close however, and rivals Manchester United may well still fancy their chances of securing a deal for the talented 25-year-old.
Van Gaal reshuffle
Louis van Gaal has arrived at Old Trafford this summer, and already overseen a reshuffle with the arrivals of Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera. Some of the more senior figures, like Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, opted against signing new deals and left the Red Devils.
The signing of Reus would further add to the growing threat of Manchester United, who are looking to establish themselves as a powerhouse in English football once again following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.