Catalan based newspaper Sport claims Barcelona have a verbal agreement in place to sign Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus.
The £40 million rated Germany has been consistently linked with moves to Manchester United and fans would have been harbouring hope Louis van Gaal could do an unlikely deal for him next season.
However, should Reus make the unlikely decision to leave BVB, Barca appear to have the edge in the race to get him.
“Barca already have a verbal agreement with the German international and will now only negotiate with Borussia Dortmund, a club more likely to sell,” reports Sport.
Reus future has always been a hard one to judge because he has such a positive and strong relationship with his current employers.
He’s been a Dortmund fan since childhood so the idea he could turn his back on the club which has helped him develop into one of the world’s best midfielders, seems unlikely.
Jurgen Klopp has never made any indication that he’d like to see the back of Reus, giving him no motivation to go behind Dortmund’s back and reach an agreement with Barcelona, Manchester United or any other club.
The player himself has never given any indication that he wants to leave because he’s settled at a club which has been extremely protective of him in instances where his future has been questioned.
He’s been Germany’s standout player in friendly games build up to the World Cup, eclipsing the form shown by the likes of Mesut Ozil and Mario Gotze, which seems to have triggered suggestions in the Catalan press that Barca are once again trying to engineer a transfer.
The most likely scenario is that these rumours will roll on for most of the summer as Reus continues to perform at world class level with Germany.
The verbal agreement Sport talks about is difficult to understand and judge.
It could be based on something minimal that someone remotely connected to Barcelona has had with one of Reus’ representatives. That’s a lot of ifs and speculation for this report to be trusted.