Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea will all be disappointed in their pursuit of Marco Reus, because his bond with Borussia Dortmund means he will stay there next summer.
That is according to the general manager of the Germany national team, Oliver Bierhoff, who believes that Reus would struggle to find the situation he currently has at the Westfalenstadion, which will lead to him rejecting offers out of Old Trafford, Etihad Stadium and Stamford Bridge.
He knows what he's got there and he treasures it too
Reports on Monday suggested that Jose Mourinho was plotting a sensational swap deal with Dortmund, which would see Andre Schurrle move in the other direction. Adding Reus to an already formidable Blues front line would be a huge coup for Chelsea and a blow for their rivals.
Mourinho's side looked navy favourites to win the Ptemier League title this season after going unbeaten in their first 11 matches of the season. Though Mourinho is unlikely to have it all his own way, with Louis van Gaal and Manuel Pellegrini also credited with an interest.
Manchester City have the greatest spending capacity out of the three clubs and were reportedly keen on the 25-year-old. But these were followed by further reports suggesting that he would turn them down in favour of Bayern Munich.
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Meanwhile, Manchester United have already shown they are not shy of splashing the cash to land their targets and Reus' attacking prowess is likely to attract numerous suitors. Reports earlier this season claimed they were ready to make a major bid for him.
However, Bierhoff believes all three of the Premier League sides would be wasting their time as England would not be the environment Reus' needs to flourish and play his best football.
"I can still see him playing for Dortmund. Dortmund is a guarantee for him," the former Germany striker told Sky.
"I know that Marco also has his heart in Dortmund. He knows what he's got there and he treasures it too.
"Marco is the kind of person who needs to be in settled surroundings, but of course you do also get envious of your rivals when they are lifting the trophies."
Dortmund will be desperate to keep hold of one of their most valuable assets next summer and will be devastated if him staying in Germany meant a move to bitter rivals Bayern Munich. Mario Götze and Robert Lewandowski made that switch in the last two summers and seeing another of their best players make the move will infuriate fans.
BVB may not have much of a choice in the matter, however, as reports emerged of a buyout clause in his contract activating next summer. Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge recently confirmed the presence of a buyout clause and revealed it was only €25million - a relative bargain for Premier League clubs.
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