Borussia Dortmund mega star Marco Reus may have been ruled out of action for three months but that hasn’t stopped the Catalan press from reiterating Barcelona are in the driving seat to sign him.
Manchester United have seemingly been offered hope of doing a deal for the midfielder next summer, but newspaper Sport insists that there is only one place Reus will be heading should he commit to a move away from BVB.
“Barca know that Reus would be happy to wear the Barcelona shirt, but Borussia Dortmund will not part easily with their best player,” reports Sport.
The Catalan press has never been afraid to unsettle transfer targets, especially at this time of year but this report needs to be taken with a pinch of salt.
Sport, and rival paper Mundo Deportivo, have suggested that the £40 million United target is destined for the Nou Camp, even claiming at one point that he holds a verbal agreement with Luis Enrique’s side.
However, there is so much wrong with the current Barcelona reports over Reus that it’s difficult knowing where to begin.
Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has given his public backing to Reus as he recovers, with German tabloid Bild suggesting the BVB boss has already told his star player to take a long holiday and time out to recover.
At no stage have Dortmund said the player is for sale and at no point has Reus suggested that he wants to leave.
Where this desire to wear a Barcelona shirt comes from is a little confusing considering Reus has publicly stated that he’s been a BVB fan since childhood and his immediate family and friends all live in the area.
Things could be different next summer.
Reus may struggle to find his best form when he returns from injury and if that coincides with further Bayern Munich dominance in the Bundesliga then the club may be more open to cashing in on him.
Klopp’s made a public display of respect and affection towards the player and it’s unlikely he’s going to throw that back in his face.
However, we probably haven’t heard the last of this, especially if Reus’ holiday destination turns out to be Spain.