Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is desperate to strike a deal for Borussia Dortmund winger Marco Reus, as he wants the German international to give his team more width.
That’s according to speculation in the Daily Express, who also claim Real Madrid are firmly in the driving seat for Reus’s signature.
The 25-year-old has been the subject of plenty of rumours over the last 12 months but now, with Dortmund flagging in La Liga and his release clause standing at just £20 million, it appears that a Signal Iduna Park exit this summer is more feasible than ever before.
Carlo Ancelotti is already said to have been handed detailed medical reports on Klopp’s key man, with the Italian plotting a bid at the end of the season to ensure that Real get yet another of Europe’s star players.
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Yet Van Gaal will be keen to stop this from happening, and thanks to Adidas’ £750 million kit sponsorship deal, the Red Devils have more than enough money to offer Reus a deal he’ll find hard to refuse.
Chelsea are also in the hunt for the wide-man, with Jose Mourinho envisaging an attacking triumvirate of Reus, Eden Hazard and young Brazilian Oscar to play behind the prolific Diego Costa, and Arsenal and Liverpool remain on the periphery of the situation.
For now, much to the distaste of Van Gaal, Real have moved into pole position following their capture of Norwegian sensation Martin Odegaard. Cruzeiro’s Lucas Silva is another target for the La Liga giants, though Reus’s pursuit will certainly take priority if a deal for the Brazilian isn’t wrapped up come the summer.