Bayern Munich supremo Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has been speaking about reported target Marco Reus, and his words may have offered a glimmer of encouragement to reported suitors Manchester United…but only a glimmer.
In an interview originally published in German newspaper Bild and later picked up by Sport 1, the former player said, “If Reus will not switch to Bayern in 2015, he will probably go to another top international club like Real Madrid or Manchester.
“Dortmund can hardly hold him.”
It was a bold statement from Rummenigge, after his club were heavily linked with Reus, whose release-clause reportedly drops to £27million next year.
The Borussia Dortmund man has been linked with a whole host of clubs after his sparkling form for Jurgen Klopp’s side. But while injury robbed him of the chance to compete at the World Cup, the rumours have continued apace.
United would significantly benefit from having Reus in their team. After all, the 25-year-old scored 23 goals and provided 23 assists last season.
That remarkable feat, along with his innate and burgeoning talent, mean there will be no end of suitors if he does ultimately leave Dortmund. But can United really get him next year?
Rummenigge certainly thinks it is a possibility, but when Bayern and Real are also competing, along with the likes of Liverpool, Atletico Madrid and surely a who’s who of the big clubs in Europe, Louis van Gaal will have to pull out all the stops to bring in a superstar in the making.