Manchester United and Liverpool have been afforded their biggest boost in the race for Marco Reus, as the German international is said to have told his club that he will not be renewing his contract.
In shock reports leaking from Spain, and published by the Daily Mirror, it’s claimed that Reus has let the powers that be at the Signal Iduna Park know that he will be leaving next summer, as a result of choosing not to sign a new deal.
The 25-year-old has a release clause which means he will be available for just €25million as of June, leaving his suitors open to fight for his services. However, the same report suggests that Real Madrid might already have an agreement in place with him that will see him make a move to the Santiago Bernabeu should he leave Dortmund.
In what will surely become one of the biggest transfer wrangles of the summer Reus might just make a sensational move, though Klopp will certainly attempt to make him change his mind.
Elsewhere it’s reportedly become apparent that if United want to secure a return for Cristiano Ronaldo they will have to pay £200million in transfers fees and wages. The Red Devils have been tipped to take back the man they turned into a world-beater, but it will require a world-record beating effort if they are to be successful.
Ronaldo's current situation at Real sees him relatively unsettled following the sales of Angel Di Maria and Xabi Alonso. As such the notion of him making a triumphant return to Old Trafford has been afforded slightly more credence than otherwise might have been the case, and Van Gaal is said to be keen to drive a wedge between the player and his current club if possible.
As it stands a number of factors could potentially act as either catalysts or obstacles with regards to the transfer of the century happening, but United will know that they need to finish having qualified for Europe if there's any chance of Ronaldo agreeing to play for them as of next summer.
Finally, whilst they may gawp at paying that sum for Ronaldo, the rumours persist in claiming they will be happy to see Juan Mata leave if it means they can get their hands on Kevin Strootman.
The Dutchman is a favourite of Van Gaal’s and the surplus of attacking talent on the books at Old Trafford renders Mata relatively obsolete.