General manager of Borussia Dortmund Hans-Joachim Watzke has given the biggest hint yet that star midfielder Marco Reus could be allowed to leave the club for the right offer.
There is a release clause in the German star’s contract which is valued at around the £30 million mark and Watzke has admitted that he could leave the German giants because of that clause.
“Marco Reus possesses a release clause option in his current contract at our club. He could leave our club due to that. He is, however, the only player in our first-team squad that has such a contract clause,” Watzke told Sport1media.
Reus has been consistently linked with moves to Manchester United as well as Premier League rivals Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City since last summer.
United are thought to be interested in him because he could be the creative and dynamic star David Moyes has been searching for, to transform the middle of his United team.
Arsenal also have an obvious connection to Reus because of the strong core of German players in their first team squad; Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski and Mesut Ozil being the highest profile.
With Robert Lewandowski due to leave Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season, it would be surprising if Dortmund allowed another of their best players to leave this winter or next summer without a fight.
He looks set to surpass the numbers he produced in the Bundesliga with 13 goals and nine assists last season and seven goals and five assists already this season. He’ll also be looking to go one better in the Champions League, after Dortmund were beaten in the final by Bayern Munich last season.
The prospect of signing Reus is something which has excited several United fans, who have responded to the rumours via social media site Twitter.
To be honest, I'd carry Kagawa to Germany myself if it meant Gündogan or Reus in return.— Johnny Quid (@JulyTeeMUFC) November 12, 2013
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Marco Reus at United in January?? Yes please— Tony Couch (@TonyCouch2) November 12, 2013
I'd piss myself if we got Reus. Literally piss myself.— Keith O'Connor (@KeithAnthony08) November 12, 2013
If Reus signs for Manchester United in January, I'll be the happiest person on the Earth. #MUFC— Numra Bilal (@numrabilal) November 12, 2013
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