Manchester United are now in pole position to sign Borussia Dortmund winger Marco Reus after Bayern Munich pulled out of the race to sign him.
This is according to the Express, who state that while Arsenal and Chelsea are also keen to sign the sought-after Germany international it’s United who currently lead the chase.
The report adds that Bayern Munich are not interested in the 25-year-old and will instead look overseas for potential summer additions.
Interest in Reus
Reus had been tipped to follow former Dortmund teammates Robert Lewandowski and Mario Gotze to the Allianz Arena, but it now appears his next destination will either be the Premier League or La Liga.
Real Madrid and Barcelona have also been strongly linked with the former Borussia Mönchengladbach star who is now widely regarded as one of European football’s most effective attacking players.
Dortmund fear Reus could leave
Earlier this month Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke admitted that the club had to be prepared for Reus’s potential departure - but remained hopeful that the player will pledge his long-term future to Signal Iduna Park.
"I can understand Marco," Watzke told reporters. "He first wants to play again and then he wants to see which direction to take.
"I have a legitimate hope that he will stay for the long term. If not, it is something we will have to accept."
Reus may decide to leave BVB this summer with the club almost certain to miss out on a place in the 2015-16 Champions League.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have picked up four wins from their opening 17 Bundesliga matches and currently sit second-to-bottom of the table as a result.
Borussia Dortmund’s alarming slide towards the relegation zone has coincided with Reus’s latest ankle injury, which has kept him on the sidelines since mid-November.
Another injury to his ankle earlier in 2014 cruelly ruled him out of the World Cup finals in Brazil, where his teammates lifted football’s most prestigious trophy.
But his suspect injury record does not appear to have deterred the aforementioned Premier League trio from keeping a close eye on the winger who has scored 47 goals in 99 appearances for Borussia Dortmund.
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