Manchester United have still not replaces Paul Scholes in their creative midfield department. The likes of young pretender Tom Cleverley and newcomer Shinji Kagawa have tried but failed to cut the mustard in that respect - and United have at times seemed impotent from behind the strikers, especially this season.
But one player who is reportedly being considered, who would be absolutely perfect as an option, is Borussia Dortmund playmaker Marco Reus.
Reus was linked with a move to United recently - and in November the Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke confirmed the player has a release clause in his contract:
"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."
That clause is believed to be at a fee in the region of €35 million which considering his ability is certainly a worthy price-tag.
Untied also received a temporary boost earlier this week when Reus said he would never play for rivals Bayern Munich - claims however, which were later claimed to have been misinterpreted.
But today another team chasing the playmaker received a boost in their pursuit of the player. Barcelona are looking to add depth and extra quality to their squad - and Reus’s style of play fits the philosophy at the Nou Camp perfectly.
And today, speaking at a press event for Puma in Barcelona, he made it clear he was certainly not unaffected by the rumours:
"I cannot deny I'm flattered by the interest of Barcelona, but now I'm focused on my current club. At the end of the season, everything is possible. "
Now he may have been trying to be a good guest to his Catalan hosts - or he could be talking up a move.
Either way, it would be better to hear him singing the praises of Manchester United interest instead.
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