Jose Mourinho has reportedly told Roman Abramovich himself that Chelsea should look to make Marco Reus his next big signing.
According to information in French newspaper Le 10 Sport, latching onto reports from Spain, The Special One has singled out Reus as the ideal man to improve a squad that is already running rampant in the Premier League.
Mourinho wants Reus
If true it means that the Blues are firmly alongside the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal in the race for the Germany international, despite the fact it was reported yesterday that an agreement had been made for him to join Atletico Madrid.
Although he missed this summer’s World Cup through injury the 25-year-old has remained one of the most sought-after prospects in world football, and Borussia Dortmund’s terrible campaign in the Bundesliga has only added fuel to the speculation that he is finally set to depart the Signal Iduna Park.
If he is to leave Reus has a multitude of options from which to pick. Aside from the aforementioned Premier League trio of clubs vying for his signature Real Madrid are also on the horizon, with Los Blancos considered by many quarters of the media to be the favourites.
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Barcelona were strong contenders in their own right before their appeal on the 2015 transfer ban fell on deaf ears, though it now looks like Reus will be elsewhere by the time they can do business again.
Naturally Real can boast the strongest claim given that they appear to be the dominant force in Europe at the moment, though Chelsea shouldn’t altogether be dismissed. Mourinho is a known mastermind when it comes to the transfer market, and the fact that the Blues currently sit top of the Premier League will inevitably count in their favour.
Where does he fit?
However, with Eden Hazard, Willian, Oscar and Andre Schurrle all looking classy this term there’s likely to be some Chelsea fans wondering just where Reus would fit in. It makes sense to assume that two of the aforementioned quartet would have to drop down for him to have a place in the starting XI, and such disruption midway through the season could be dangerous.