Borussia Dortmund seem intent on getting Manchester United transfer target Marco Reus tied down to a new long term deal.
However, a report in German tabloid Bild has suggested that BVB are set to take a risk over his new deal, a needless one.
“Dortmund bosses have reasonable hope that Reus will take the new offer, with an increase in wages from five to seven million Euros, but the buy-out clause will go down,” reads the report on Bild’s website.
Generally with a highly sought after player, a new contract involves a higher buy-out clause because it makes that player more difficult for rivals to get hold of.
A good example is Luis Suarez’ new contract at Liverpool, which he signed earlier this season.
That deal included a much higher buy-out clause than the £40 million figure in his previous contract and something which could force Real Madrid to pay at least £70 million if they want to go after him this summer.
What BVB seem to be relying on is Reus’ loyalty to the club.
He’s been a Dortmund fan since childhood and has never made any admissions that he wants to leave the club while being respectful and grateful to the interest in him from rival sides all over Europe.
If Dortmund believe there is absolutely no way that he’d turn his back on the club then they can afford to make a concession which will allow the player to enjoy a higher pay packet.
The release clause in his current deal is reportedly worth around the £35 million mark and if that decreases, there will be plenty of clubs all over Europe that could trigger the new figure.
However, as Liverpool owner John Henry admitted earlier this season, even if a side triggers a player’s buy-out clause, contracts don’t seem to mean a lot in the world of modern football.
BVB get to keep their man, for now.