Bayern Munich have signed two key players from Borussia Dortmund in recent times, and they seem to be eyeing one more.
Last year, the German champions recruited attacker Mario Gotze and in the middle of the 2013-14 season agreed a pre-contract with Robert Lewandowski to sign him on a free transfer this summer.
And now it appears that the Bavarian giants are interested in attacking midfielder Marco Reus, who is arguably the best player in the Bundesliga who does not play for Bayern (click here to read more).
‘I like to give myself a year in advance to make transfer decisions’, Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told Bild when asked about whether they would bid for Reus.
‘But this cannot be done in football anymore. In the past we have tried to clarify our transfers early, but today the philosophy is different’.
Rummenigge’s comments suggest two things: a) Bayern are not completely uninterested in Reus, and b) they will make an offer and not wait long if they make up their mind about him.
And this means that Manchester United have to act fast if they indeed want to sign Reus. Waiting until next summer may be too late to sign the Germany international, just as waiting until January to recruit AS Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman would be (click here to read more).
Dortmund have insisted time and time again that Reus is not for sale, but the former Borussia Monchengladbach star’s agent has admitted that a number of major European clubs are interested in him.
Until the summer transfer window closes, speculation over the future of Reus will not go away. The 25-year-old is reportedly discussing terms over a new contract, despite having still three years left on his current deal.
And United should try to take advantage of this as soon as possible, or else Bayern will edge ahead if and when they become determined to recruit Reus.
The Munich-based club have proved to be shrewd in making key signings and have not shied away from paying big bucks to bring in their top targets (cue Gotze).
Dortmund remain confident that Reus will not leave this summer, but it could all change in the coming weeks.