Manchester United spent the last few days of the January transfer window trying to strengthen their claim on signing Marco Reus this summer, according to reports.
The Daily Express this morning carries information alluding to the fact that the Red Devils were in talks with Borussia Dortmund last month, as they look to put themselves ahead of the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal in what could become one of the most intense transfer races of recent times.
Prepared to fight
With Reus possessive of a release clause worth just over £20 million there are a host of top European clubs queuing up to fight for his signature, and with Jurgen Klopp’s Dortmund side finding themselves inexplicably sitting at the bottom of the Bundesliga table after the halfway stage, there’s every chance this summer could be the one that sees him leave.
It will be a bitter loss for the German giants, having seen Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski both exchange the Signal Iduna Park for Bayern Munich in the past two years, but their loss will very much be the gain of whoever can convince Reus that his future lies with them.
The 25-year-old has established himself as one of Europe’s top talents with his classy attacking displays, and there isn’t a player in the world who can boast similar ability whilst being acquirable for such little money.
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Perhaps that’s why United manager Louis van Gaal is so keen to push his club’s noses out on front, with the Dutchman said to be keen on revamping his squad once more in the summer.
Over £150 million was spent during the 63-year-old’s first transfer window in charge, but thanks to Adidas’ sponsorship deal - set to kick in at the end of the current campaign - there’s no shortage of funds in the red half of Manchester.
Having launched enquiries over the last few days as to Reus’ availability the Red Devils will be aiming to have secured pole position, though Real Madrid and Bayern Munich - both of whom are also interested - will prove to be stiff opposition.
United’s credentials could hinge on whether or not they qualify for Champions League football, with Reus surely not destined to trade in Dortmund unless the upgrade is competing at the highest level.