Marco Reus is seemingly not set to join Atletico Madrid anytime soon, with the La Liga champions' CEO having refuted claims that the player is on his club's summer transfer agenda.
Speculation concerning Reus' future had been rife earlier on Friday, with some speculative reports going as far as to suggest that Atletico were confident of wrapping up a deal for the German international after submitting a bid worth £21.6 million for his services.
Such reports suggested that the two clubs were in negotiations as to how that sum would be paid, but, according to Miguel Angel Gil Marin, Atletico have never been in for Reus - a player he evidently believes would not be a good fit for the current squad at the Vicente Calderon that has been delicately assembled by the fiery Diego Simeone.
No Atletico interest
"Reus has never been on Atletico's agenda and his profile does not fit with what the team currently need," he told Spanish television station TVE in an interview that was brought to our attention by Goal.
Reus has suffered a very disappointing summer indeed to date, with his hopes of competing for Germany at the World Cup in Brazil cruelly extinguished by a nasty ankle injury sustained during the 6-1 warm-up win over minnows Armenia.
Despite suffering such an injury, however, Borussia Dortmund forward Reus remains one of European football's most-highly rated and frequently sought-after talents.
While a transfer to Atletico always seemed a slightly farfetched idea given the similarities between them and Dortmund in terms of sheer size and reputation, it is nevertheless surprising to hear that Los Rojiblancos hold no interest whatsoever in capturing the 25-year-old.
Diego Costa's £32 million move to Chelsea - while certainly providing a significant financial boost - removed Atletico's primary source of goals, with the Spanish international having plundered 27 in La Liga alone last year.
Costa's replacement - Mario Mandzukic - is unlikely to hit quite the same heights, although he will have fellow new signings Raul Jimenez and exciting French starlet Antoine Griezmann on hand to provide assistance in the final third.
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Marin's words are likely to provide a huge source of encouragement for Manchester United, Arsenal and Bayern Munich - all of whom have been linked with moves of their own for Reus in recent times.
Out of all of those aforementioned suitors, it is perhaps Manchester United who are most in need of signing a player of Reus' caliber prior to August's incoming transfer deadline.
While Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera and promising left-back Luke Shaw both arrived at Old Trafford back in June, Louis van Gaal is yet to secure his first real marquee deal that would help to return the club to their previous status as perennial Premier League title contenders.
Arsenal's hugely impressive capture of Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona may have somewhat reduced their need for Reus, although Arsene Wenger remains a touch short of real alternatives for Olivier Giroud in attack.
While Sanchez can be devastating when deployed through the middle, young Yaya Sanogo - who had looked sharp during pre-season - was a little out of his depth once again during the Gunners' Community Shield win over Manchester City at Wembley last weekend.
If Dortmund do feel obliged to sell Reus while his stock - and potential fee - remains at its highest, they would surely prefer to see him move to the Premier League than follow former teammates Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski across the Bundesliga to rivals Bayern Munich.
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