Marco Reus is set to cost one of Europe’s top club in excess of £50 million this summer, with his new contract with Borussia Dortmund more than doubling his valuation.
According to The Sun a transfer at the end of this campaign is still feasible, and though Reus announced he had penned a four-and-a-half year deal just yesterday, his future remains very much unclear.
Reus' new deal
Initially it was seen as a blow that the German international had signed a new deal at the Signal Iduna Park, with reports claiming he had rejected Real Madrid to do so.
However hope remains for his many suitors dotted around the continent, with it being said that the new deal has simply raised his value as opposed to hammer a nail into the coffin sealing him at Dortmund.
Prior to yesterday’s announcement Reus had a clause within his contract that enabled him to leave for just £20 million, meaning that Jurgen Klopp realistically had no option but to resign himself to losing his best player on the cheap.
Now though it will take upwards of £50 million, meaning that Dortmund will be left in a far better state to replace their star attacker if they can’t convince him to stay. That scenario will all but certainly play out should Klopp’s men suffer the humiliation of a shock relegation. Dortmund currently sit 16th in the Bundesliga table, with just one point separating them from bottom-placed VfB Stuttgart.
Of course Dortmund’s tactic of offering Reus a new deal with a view to drastically raising his sell-on value isn’t new to the game, and the fact that he has put pen to paper hardly means he’s rejecting the notion of a departure.
Few would question his love for the club, but with it having been strongly reported that he was interested in a Barcelona switch - only for their transfer ban to come into place - his ambition may win the day if Dortmund’s poor form continues.
Where he might end up if that’s the case remains to be seen, with United arguably offering him the best position with regards to squad status. Not only do Louis van Gaal’s men look likely to qualify for next season’s Champions League, but the club are set for another exciting overhaul in the summer, and a player like Reus could quickly become a crowd favourite.
At Real Madrid he would be behind the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and James Rodriguez in that respect, and Chelsea appear to have their attacking line-up already perfectly configured.