Manchester United are reportedly keen to acquire the services of Marco Reus BV in the summer and ready to offer Shinji Kagawa as a makeweight in the deal.
Kagawa, 24, has struggled to cement a first-team place at Old Trafford and English daily Sunday People claims that Moyes will offer the Japanese star the chance to be reunited with former boss Jurgen Klopp.
Manchester United’s need to sign world class player was once again highlighted yesterday as Liverpool came out on top against them, in a game marred with penalty incidents, and won it convincingly enough with a 3-0 win.
Manchester United boss Moyes will cut short the Japan star’s stay by offering him a return to his old club Borussia Dortmund in the hope of tempting the Germans to let 24-year-old Reus leave for the Old Trafford giants.
Reus has been on United’s radar for a while and the club failed in a move for him in January. Now, Moyes hopes to have more luck by offering Kagawa.
The 24-year-old made his name with Dortmund but has seen his chances at Old Trafford limited. Reus spent his youth career at Borussia Dortmund, prior to leaving for Rot Weiss Ahlen. He has played for three clubs in his senior career, most notably, and with most influence, in Borussia Mönchengladbach of the German Bundesliga. Reus plays primarily as a left attacker for BVB; however, he is capable of playing on the right also and through the middle, due to his ability to control the ball with both feet and brilliant close control. 2012 was his most successful season when, scoring 18 and assisting 8, he helped Borussia Mönchengladbach secure a place in the following season’s UEFA Champions League.
However, unfortunately for the Red Devils, the failure to qualify for Europe’s elite competition could determine whether this calibre of player will regularly wish to join the club. And United may struggle to land their transfer targets. But United recently captured the £37.1 million signing of Juan Mata, an important step against those who believe the club can no longer lure world-class talent.
Even so, the Spaniard had been suffering through a lack of playing time at Chelsea and was certainly an easier catch than Kroos or Reus promise to be. Reus’ Dortmund future appears more stable, even though Jurgen Klopp’s team currently occupy a disappointing third in the Bundesliga. The pacey forward may be tempted into a change of scenery considering Dortmund are 20 points behind Bayern and appear unlikely to topple Pep Guardiola’s side any time soon.
And it could be a double raid on the Bundesliga, with Moyes stepping up his interest in Julian Draxler – United scouts watched the 20-year-old in Schalke’s 2-1 win against Augsburg on Friday.
Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay is also a target and was watched in the Europa League clash with Spurs on Thursday.
Moyes will hope Wayne Rooney’s decision to ink a £300,000-per-week contract at Old Trafford will attract big names, despite the likely lack of Champions League next season. While names such as Draxler and Reus could usher in a new era of success, Moyes must whip his team into shape before the current campaign ends if he wishes to enter the summer with momentum.