The situation regarding Borussia Dortmund midfielder, Marco Reus is an interesting one.
For the past two years, the speculation regarding a potential move away from the Bundesliga giants has resembled a famous Katy Perry song, 'Hot n Cold'.
With the January transfer window nearing at an alarming rate, the worldwide media have started to place bets on who the prolific German will most likely be signing for. Indeed, even if you were not the most avid of football fans then you would not only be accustomed to seeing his name mentioned but I can guarantee that you will be starting to get sick of seeing all the news regarding a big money move away from the Westfalenstadion.
Whilst, the likes of Manchester United, Barcelona and Real Madrid are reported to be interested in signing the 25-year-old winger, it is more than likely that he will be heading down to Munich to team up with Pep Guardiola.
It is not a secret that Reus has a buyout clause believed to be in the region of £20 million, and it is understood that Bayern Munich are in the process of activating this, with a date for his unveiling in front of the club’s delirious fans set for summer 2015.
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However, before chairman and proclaimed business man, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, hands over a cheque for one of Germany’s biggest talents, the 59-year-old should take a comfortable seat and a schnapps and think things over.
The German champions are in need of signing a new winger if they are to look to the future with Franck Ribery’s age and injuries catching up with him, whilst fan favourite, Arjen Robben is currently being courted by Manchester United.
With Bayern desperate to push on in order to knock Real Madrid off their perch and sustain a period of European dominance, the need to refresh and bolster their squad is a must, but should they start doing this by signing Reus?
There is no denying that Reus is a midfielder of the highest calibre, and it does not come as a surprise that one of the many reasons why Dortmund are not faring well in the Bundesliga this season is because they have been without their talisman for prolonged periods of time.
Two individual injuries to both his right and left ankle has meant that the 25-year-old who also missed Germany’s world cup triumph last summer has only featured seven times for BVB domestically.
If Rummenigge and Bayern would move on either Ribery or Robben if the price was right they would want a replacement who could stay free of injury and take the club up a notch. A move for Reus could work, but it could be risky.
One name other than Reus who is on the name of nearly every Bayern fan is Gareth Bale of Real Madrid and a spectacular move for the highly proclaimed Welshman could turn out to be much more favourable in the long run.
Just over a year after joining the Spanish giants from Tottenham Hotspur for an eye-watering fee of £86 million in the summer of 2013, it has been reported that the club could be tempted to listen to offers if they were to bring in a replacement.
Whilst Bayern rarely splash out that sort of money with their £37 million purchase of Javi Martinez from Athletic Bilbao also last summer, the most that they have shelled out on a player.
I for one believe that if the German champions were serious in their plans and had second thoughts about signing Reus, or indeed to replace their two-existing wingers, the current world champions should start to put out their feelers and inquire about Bale.
During his 16 month tenure at the La Liga powerhouse, he has proved why he is the best professional in his position by scoring 30 goals in 64 games in every competition for Carlo Ancelotti’s side, whilst the 25 year old has also bagged 24 assists.
Whilst the dainty structure of Reus might feel more at home and remain less injury prone in Spain, the Welsh dragon could quite possibly become one of the Bundesliga greats in years to come.
One other interesting thing to point out whilst I am at it, the former Southampton midfielder hasn’t had a serious injury since January 2011 when he was ruled out for six games with a back injury.