Manchester United are competing with City, Real Madrid and FC Barcelona for the signing of Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus, according to SportBild in Germany.
The 25-year-old German international’s future is very much up in the air given that Dortmund are currently bottom in the Bundesliga and although United haven’t regularly been linked with Reus in the press, it’s not the first time the rumours have come up.
He is currently sidelined with a serious ankle ligament injury and won’t feature for Dortmund again this season but it hasn’t stopped rumours from gathering pace.
Just like Robert Lewandowski’s future was the centre of attention at Dortmund until he left for bitter rivals Bayern Munich, Reus is now the centre of attention.
Earlier this week, Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke vehemently denied Real Madrid had a first option to buy Reus but as the midfielder rejected the offer of a new contract with an improved salary, he is certainly keeping his options open.
The reason Dortmund are so fearful Reus could leave is because he has a £29.4m release clause in his contract which comes into effect this summer and when you consider the fees footballers go for in the modern game, that is an extremely low price for a player of Reus’ quality.
United are always going to be interested in the world’s best players and Louis van Gaal knows the qualities of Reus from his time as Bayern Munich manager, so it will be intriguing to see how this story develops over the year.