Some Manchester United fans will still be dreaming that the club can sign Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus.
Reus has been one of the most consistent players in the Bundesliga over the last two to three years but Barcelona may have gained an advantage if he ever thinks about leaving the club he’s supported since childhood.
Catalan based newspaper Mundo Deportivo claims that Albert Valentin, a friend of Barcelona’s sporting director, spoke with Reus’ representatives while in Germany to conclude a deal for goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
“Marco Reus, the best player in the Bundesliga, is on the list of players of Andoni Zubizarreta – the playmaker would be the ace in the hole if Barca fail with their first choices,” reports MD.
“One of the director’s trusted men, Albert Valentin, took a trip to Germany to finalise the signing of Marc-Andre ter Stegen and contacted Back Struth, manager of Reus.”
Should Barcelona go ahead with plans to sell the experienced Cesc Fabregas then they will need a high profile and talented player to come into the squad and fill that void for Luis Enrique.
The first choice target they seem to be going after is long term Manchester United transfer target, Koke of Atletico Madrid.
Several Spanish papers agree that the money generated from a deal to sell Fabregas would subsequently be used to fund the pursuit of the 22-year-old Spaniard.
The problem with any orders for ‘trusted’ individuals to talk with Reus’ representatives is his die hard commitment to BVB.
Reus has had plenty of opportunities to push for a move away from the German giants, but he’s supported the club all his life and has previously been wary about the idea of leaving his friends and family in the area.
Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp has, unsurprisingly, never expressed any desire to sell Reus and his contract doesn’t expire until the summer of 2017, which means BVB are not under any pressure to do a deal.
It wouldn’t be the first time in football a side has tried to gain a third party advantage in a bid to sign someone, but in this case it will be largely ineffective.