Reports last week suggested Manchester United may have some good news in pursuit of one of their reported targets.
That man was Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus who – according to quotes attributed to his former club teammate Mario Gotze – had and continued to dream of a move to Old Trafford.
It was later suggested that the quotes were not in fact from the Bayern Munich midfielder, but had been generated from a Twitter account that had nothing to do with either German international, but in truth United were never likely to sign Reus this summer.
The 24-year-old has a reported release-clause of £30million, but said clause cannot be activated until 2015, meaning that even if David Moyes wanted the player he would have to wait, because as long as Dortmund have the power to keep him, they surely will.
Just as they showed with Robert Lewandowski, Jurgen Klopp’s side is prepared to lose a player on the cheap (or in the case of the Polish international – for nothing at all) rather than sell someone who adds so much to the squad.
And Reus certainly does that, as his 22 goals and 21 assists so far this campaign prove.
Reus has also been directly involved in 13 of his club’s last 16 goals, scoring six goals in his last four matches, including a hat-trick against Stuttgart at the end of last month.
In short, Reus is crucial to Klopp’s side, and with Lewandowski leaving for Bayern Munich this summer, the possibility of also waving goodbye to Reus is one the Bundesliga side simply cannot consider.
So yes, Reus would be an ideal addition to United’s squad. But it is for that very reason that he will not be heading there anytime soon.
But when that release-clause kicks in…who knows?