The German star picked up an ankle problem against Armenia which ruled him out of the World Cup and Dortmund appear to have moved quickly to nip any further transfer speculation in the bud.
Barcelona were thought to be favourites to sign Reus, with some sources in the Catalan press even suggesting that the player had a verbal agreement to move to the Nou Camp.
However, United have been offered fresh hope of signing him next summer as the latest update from the club’s sporting director Michael Zorc suggests Reus will be going nowhere after the World Cup.
“I can definitely rule out a transfer this summer,” he told Bild.
One of the huge things United had working against them in relation to any transfer was having no Champions League football.
Financially, United can take the blow but not every single player they are interested in will be prepared to move to a side that doesn’t allow them to perform on the biggest of European stages.
Louis van Gaal’s main objective at United next season will be to get the side back into the top four because of the Champions League.
Regardless of the other sides interested and the complications of a deal, the fact is United have a better chance of signing Reus with Champions League football than they do without.
Barca seemed to be pinning a lot on getting some sort of deal thrashed out this summer.
United now have time to react and respond to Barca’s interest if there is any truth in the reports that they have been actively working away on a transfer to sign the German midfield magician.
Barca may still be working on a deal but the fact the player is going nowhere this summer improves the chance United can work on their own deal, a better deal, which could become more appealing to BVB at the end of next season.
Of course United would have preferred to do a deal right now, as would Barcelona, but Zorc’s comments create hope that the Old Trafford team could do a deal in 12 months time.