Manchester United are one of three European powerhouses lining up a move for Germany international Marco Reus, who has turned down a new deal from current club Borussia Dortmund. The Red Devils, however, face stiff competition for the 25-year-old winger’s signature from Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
This is according to the Daily Mail, who cite German newspaper Bild as reporting that Reus is determined to engineer a move away from Signal Iduna Park.
Reus injured until September
Manchester United have a long-standing interest in Reus, who has cemented his reputation as one of the most talented wingers in world football over the past few seasons.
The former Borussia Mönchengladbach star scored an impressive 23 goals in 43 appearances for Dortmund last season, but missed Germany’s triumphant World Cup campaign after suffering an ankle injury on the eve of the finals.
Reus remains injured but should be back to action for the start of September. He is already able to run freely and, because United have a reasonably kind start to the season, would be back in time for the Red Devils’ first batch of demanding fixtures.
Man Utd chasing a marquee signing
United boss Louis van Gaal has spent close to £60 million this summer, acquiring the services of Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw, but still has a hefty transfer budget to spend on players for key positions.
The Dutchman’s priority, at this moment in time, remains a new top-class midfielder and a quality centre-back.
However, few would argue that Reus is not amongst the best players in the world in his position - and Van Gaal will not want to miss out on a genuine world-class performer with the potential to help fire United to trophies over the forthcoming seasons.
That Reus’s contract contains a relatively modest £28 million release clause makes him an even more attractive option for United, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
Without the clause, it’s entirely plausible that Dortmund would be reluctant to consider any offers lower than £45 million, meaning any of the three interested clubs could land one of the bargains of the summer.
Watch: Marco Reus in action
Barcelona and Bayern Munich
Back in June, reports from Spain suggested Barcelona had agreed personal terms with Reus. However, the German winger may now be less convinced by a move to the Camp Nou after the Catalan giants secured the services of Luis Suarez from Liverpool.
Reus will have every reason to be worried about a potential lack of game-time if he joins the club who boast Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar as their three main attack-minded players.
But Dortmund are unlikely to be too concerned where Reus goes - as long as he doesn’t join fierce rivals Bayern Munich, who have taken some of BVB’s best players - such as Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski - over recent seasons.
If Reus plans to stay in the Bundesliga, though, there might be little Borussia Dortmund can do.