Manchester United and Atletico Madrid are reportedly keen on signing Marco Reus in the summer.
According to Spanish media outlet Don Balon, Manchester United and Atletico Madrid have emerged as suitors to sign Borussia Dortmund’s coveted German superstar Marco Reus in the summer.
The 27-year-old has been a mainstay in the Dortmund side since his move from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2012, and has gone on to achieve spectacular heights at the Westfalenstadion.
This season, in 14 Bundesliga starts, the German has managed to find the back of the net on five occasions, and has provided another four assists. He has been pivotal in guiding the Yellow and Blacks to third place on the table – six points off second-placed RB Leipzig.
When fit, there are few in world football who are as good as Reus. He is a multi-faceted attacking player, and helps his teammates in many different ways. The German international’s passing abilities are exemplary and he’s also a threat from direct free kicks.
Thus, it is no surprise that top European clubs in Manchester United and Atletico Madrid have emerged as suitors to secure his services. If managed to kept free from injuries, Reus can help both the teams mount a realistic claim for their respective domestic titles next season.
However, despite being linked with a host of European clubs in the past, the 27-year-old has opted to stay put at Dortmund, and has seen many of his teammates leave for greener pastures, either in Germany or overseas.
The likes of Mats Hummels, Robert Lewandowski and Mario Gotze were all poached by Dortmund’s rivals Bayern Munich. While Gotze has returned to the Signal Iduna Park, he is a shadow of the player that walked out of the door in 2013.
Thus, it will be difficult to lure Reus away from his home, but with the financial might that United and Atletico possess, they may convince Dortmund into parting ways with their prized asset.
Signing the German, however, will come with its own baggage. The player has a woeful injury record, and has often spent months together on the sidelines. The two sides in contention will want an attacking player that can play for them week in week out, as they look to challenge on European fronts as well.
Manchester United’s rivals Arsenal were also linked with the German in the summer, and had reportedly tabled a €60 million bid for him. However, the offer was rejected and the club’s sporting director Michael Zorc went on record to rule out the player’s sale, and it remains to be seen if he maintains a similar stance this time around.