Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has responded to links with Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus by claiming the Bundesliga champions will not be rushed into an approach for the player.
Plenty of interest
Reus enjoyed a stunning personal season for BVB last term, scoring 16 times and providing 13 assists in the league alone, and these performances resulted in speculation about his long-term future in Dortmund.
An injury sustained before the World Cup, which wrecked his chances of playing in Germany’s successful campaign, dampened suggestions he could leave this summer, and there are claims he might have moved were he not struck down with ligament damage.
There have been reports that Arsenal would have concluded a €35 million deal for Reus were he not forced to undergo surgery, but Arsene Wenger was forced to move his focus to the acquisition of Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona.
The Catalan giants are another of the clubs to have been linked with Reus, as have Bayern of course, but the latter insist there are no plans in place at present to mount a pursuit for the 25-year-old.
Bayern taking things slowly
"I like to give myself a year in advance to make transfer decisions," Rummenigge told BILD when asked about Reus. "But this cannot be done in football any more.
"In the past we have tried to clarify our transfers early, but today the philosophy is different."
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Along with this esteemed trio of clubs, Manchester United have also been credited with interest in Reus as Louis van Gaal strives to bring attacking reinforcements to Old Trafford.
However, as with Barca, Bayern and Arsenal, any proposed move for Reus would likely have to wait until January at the earliest, given that the player may miss the start of the campaign as he continues his recovery, although he has returned to training.