Borussia Dortmund have been a hotbed of talent in their rise to the forefront of European football under Jurgen Klopp – subject to envy from teams everywhere.
Nonetheless, the German tactician has rued his belief that Die Schwarzgelben remain a selling club, even in view of the brilliant success since he took over in 2008.
Shinji Kagawa was poached by Manchester United, Mario Gotze departed for rivals Bayern Munich – as will Robert Lewandowski in the summer – and Ilkay Gundogan has become one of the most coveted midfield operators around.
Reus is latest in line to tipped for a new challenge, coming up through the Dortmund academy to burst onto the scene with Borussia Monchengladbach, returning to the club of his youth in 2012.
Less than two years on United are reported to be clamouring for his signature, though a hefty price-tag certainly is on his head.
And cash-flush PSG have in turn been linked with his name – but Reus insists it’s merely transfer market machinations.
“They’re a very good team,” he told Footmercato. “They brought in a lot of players over the summer and Zlatan Ibrahimovic – at their disposal – is an incredible player able to make the difference in any match.
“But interest in me? I do not know [about it], I just read it in the newspapers...”
PSG would be a formidable competitor for United in the race for Reus’ signature, given the vast financial resources at their disposal, which have seen arrivals the likes of Edinson Cavani.
His statement isn’t a sweeping indication that Les Parisiens won’t be in for him at some point, but should come as a welcome sign to United fans nonetheless.
The Germany international will be a tough buy, but Dortmund always seem inclined to accept an offer that meets their valuation for a star.
And with super-rich clubs like PSG always lurking and willing to take advantage of situations such as these, United should take whatever they can get if David Moyes and company are indeed serious about bringing him to Old Trafford.
Acting quickly and with conviction would be key – something the Red Devils struggled with on the market last summer – as if Laurent Blanc’s side are yet to act concretely, having a leg up in the process could make all the difference.
It’s likely Reus wouldn’t make any prospective move until after the World Cup and he should command in excess of £30m, but if a revolution to follow Juan Mata’s capture is on the cards in Manchester – moves to fight off expected competition for the German must start now.
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