Former Bayern Munich player and manager Franz Beckenbauer has warned Borussia Dortmund that they are powerless to keep hold of midfield sensation Marco Reus, and that a move to the German champions is eminent, according to Bild.
Reus still has three years left on his contract at Dortmund, but his match-winning performances have caught the attention of several big name clubs, with Bayern among the likes of Real Madrid, Manchester United and Liverpool keen on battling it out for the 25-year-old's signature.
Feasibility of a move
It is understood that Reus has a buy-out clause for the mere sum of just €25 million, an amount which can be referred to as lose change by the majority of clubs interested in signing the playmaker.
Although Dortmund are more this certain to keep hold of Reus for one more season at least, Beckenbauer believes that Bayern should sign the German international as soon as they get their chance.
The former World Cup winning captain has also stated that Reus could reach his full potential if he were to sign for a club who are well renowned for getting the best out of their players.
He told Bild.de: “I can imagine (Reus) playing for Munich. I have a good feeling. If you get the chance to sign a player of this class, then you have to seize it.”
It is understood that the eight-time Bundesliga champions are doing everything possible to quell further interest in Reus, by trying to rubbish any talks regarding his low get-out clause.
However, Beckenbauer, who spent 13 years as a player at Bayern before enjoying two brief spells as the club’s manager in the mid-1990’s, believes that the cat is well and truly out of the bag, with all the big name clubs on red alert.
He went on to say: “I can understand that Dortmund are not keen on discussing anything to do with Reus. However the sum of the exit clause comes as no big secret to anyone. I am sure that everyone knows.”
Even if Borussia Dortmund were to bounce back from years of bitter domestic and European hurt by beating Bayern to their first Bundesliga title in two seasons, whilst also enjoying continental success, Beckenbauer believes that the 25-year-old would still leave the club for a bigger challenge in 2015.
He said: “If Reus does not move to Bayern in 2015, then he will most likely move to another big international club like Real Madrid and Manchester United. Dortmund can hardly keep him.”
Bayern's other endeavours
However, at this moment in time any thoughts of Bayern making a bid to sign Reus have been put on ice, with the Bavarian giants desperate to sign a new defender in time before they kick of the news Bundesliga season at home against VfL Wolfsburg on Friday.
Manager Pep Guardiola called an urgent meeting hours after it was confirmed that centre-back Javi Martinez would miss the next seven months with anterior cruciate ligament damage sustained in Bayern’s 2-0 Supercup defeat to Dortmund.
It has been reported that the Allianz Arena outfit are once again on the verge of splashing the cash in order to secure the services of defenders, with Mehdi Benatia and Diego Godin, from AS Roma and Atletico Madrid respectively, hotly linked.
However, Beckenbauer feels that the Bayern are right to spend money on a couple of experienced replacements, with the club’s defence considerably weakened following a negative string of a retirements and costly injuries.
He said: “This is absolutely crucial. Van Buyten is gone, Badstuber needs more time to adjust to things, and Martinez is injured. Bayern have to do something in the transfer-market.”