German winger Marco Reus is probably the most in-demand player in world football at the moment. He signed for Borussia Dortmund in 2012 for €17.1m, on the back of two consecutive Bundesliga Championships for the Black-and-Yellows, and became one of the world's finest wingers, especially when he combined with striker Robert Lewandowski.
However, times have changed. Star players Robert Lewandowski and Mario Götze have jumped ship to Bayern Munich, and currently Dortmund sit 14th in the table with a poor tally of 14 points. Unsurprisingly, Reus is now being strongly linked to a move away from the Iduna Park, with rumours being exacerbated by the rumour that he has a release clause of only £19.8m. This is needless to say, an absolute bargain. So, combining factors mean that Reus is almost certain to depart, be it in January or in the summer. So, where to?
Being a world class footballer, Reus is attracting attention from all of Europe's elite. Many have backed Reus to follow Götze and Lewandowski to Bayern; but this is seeming increasingly unlikely. Bayern are already gifted with a host of wingers; Franck Ribèry, Arjen Robben, Thomas Müller and Mario Götze amongst them. And, on twitter, Reus stated that: "Bayern will never have me. Money is not everything."
And, despite Dortmund's struggles, it seems incredibly unlikely that Reus could sign for any other German club.
What about in Spain? Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atlètico Madrid have both been heavily linked with Reus in the past. But do they need him? Real have the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, James Rodríguez, Jese Rodríguez and Isco amongst their ranks. A move for Reus would be ridiculous; unless they sell a star player he wouldn't fit in, and why change when their squad has clicked perfectly?
The same goes for Barcelona and Atlètico; why sign the German when they already have an excellent crop of players in his position?
The Serie A does not seem to suit Reus at all, and none of the clubs that can afford him (i.e. Juventus or Roma) have displayed any interest, and have no urgent requirement for a new winger. In France, PSG are affected by Financial Fair Play restrictions, and seem unlikely to move for a player they have little need of. Meanwhile, it seems unlikely that Reus would favour a move to Monaco; are they big enough for him?
So it seems likely that Reus's most likely destination will be to England. This is hardly surprising given that Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea have all been linked to the winger. Which of these clubs would suit him best?
Arsenal came very close to signing Marco Reus in the summer, with a transfer talks having reached an advanced stage, but the deal was called off in order for Alexis Sánchez to sign. With the Chilean and other wingers in their squad, Arsenal have no real need of Reus. The same goes for Manchester United; Angel Di María, Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney, Antonio Valencia, Adnan Januzaj, and Ashley Young are all vying for a place.
Signing Reus would not only make the likes of Radamel Falcao and Robin Van Persie feel undervalued; it would cause record signing Angel Di María to be pushed out of his best position. United's problems are in defence and in central/defensive midfield; not up front. Besides, Atlètico official Enrique Cerezo, (who went into talks with Reus for a long time) claims that Reus has snubbed a high-wage move to Old Trafford.
The same goes for Chelsea; Reus would be an unnecessary waste of money, and a Stamford Bridge move would suit neither Reus nor Chelsea. Liverpool, reportedly very interested in Reus, are surely outsiders in this deal; a player of Reus's calibre is highly unlikely to sign for Liverpool, a club seriously struggling for form since the departure of star striker Luís Suárez.
So, that leaves Manchester City. Would he be a good fit? There's only one answer; yes. City are certainly more in need of Reus than any of the above clubs; Samir Nasri and James Milner aren't really of a high enough quality for a team hoping to challenge Chelsea for the league.
A new player for the Left Wing is certainly needed; and would the move work for Reus? In my opinion, it could be the perfect transfer. Reus is particularly excellent in combination play; well, with a player like David Silva who can pick a pass in incredible style, Yaya Touré, similarly talented at passing, and Sergio Agüero, a dream strike partner for any forward; Reus could just flourish.
In conclusion; Manchester City would be by far the best destination for Marco Reus; none of the other clubs can offer him as good a future as they can. Meanwhile, it would be a perfect acquisition for the Citizens. With Reus to complete their attacking lineups, City could just be unstoppable.
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