Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool will be forced to look elsewhere in their hunt for new playmakers, as Atletico Madrid have reportedly agreed a deal to sign Marco Reus.
The Daily Star, relaying quotes from Spanish journalist Juan Gato, claims that the Germany international is set to join Diego Simeone’s outfit as opposed to making a switch to the Premier League.
If the deal comes to fruition then it will end a huge amount of transfer speculation suggesting that Reus is bound for English shores, with the Vicente Calderon being perhaps the most unlikely of all his next venues.
Reus has risen to prominence as a key player in Jurgen Klopp’s impressive Borussia Dortmund side, but the fact that Bayern Munich continue to reign supreme in the Bundesliga means that he may have to move away if he hopes to win major silverware.
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That theory is reinforced when it’s considered how badly Dortmund are faring this season, and with the likes of Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski having left in the past two summers, there might not be too much keeping him at the Signal Iduna Park.
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Even so Simeone’s Atletico will have been an un-fancied suitor up until now, with their more illustrious neighbours Real Madrid and Catalan giants Barcelona also said to be waiting with interest. On top of that the likes of United, Arsenal and Liverpool are all in the frame, with each side having different reasons for wanting a player of Reus’s obvious ability.
Yet Gato revealed yesterday that it was Atletico who currently have the upperhand, when he said: "Atletico is the only team that has closed an agreement with Marco Reus,” he claimed.
"Atletico is the only team that has closed an agreement with Marco Reus,” he claimed"
Though Barcelona will be unable to purchase anyone until January 2016 thanks to their appeal this week falling on deaf ears, and Real Madrid hardly in dire need of another potent attacking force, the news will be a blow to the aforementioned English trio.
Louis van Gaal is known to be looking to bolster his squad so as to ensure United don’t let their fantastic recent form falter, Arsene Wenger is vying for a player to inspire a resurgence in his Arsenal side, with the Gunners having ceded plenty of ground to their title rivals, and Brendan Rodgers is still searching for a player who can fill the boots of Luis Suarez, whose summer sale has left Liverpool in trouble.