Outstanding German international 'turned down Manchester United move'

Marco Reus

Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has revealed that Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus turned down a move to Manchester United this summer.

Reus, 25, returned to hometown club and former employers Borussia Dortmund in 2012 having played a starring role for Borussia Monchengladbach, where he scored 41 goals in 109 games, establishing himself as one of the top young players in Europe.

His goalscoring exploits have continued at Signal Iduna Park, hitting 42 goals in 90 games, whilst he also became a regular part of Joachim Loew's Germany sides. His outstanding displays in the Bundesliga and in Dortmund's run to the Champions League final a year ago has unsurprisingly attracted interest from a number of sides, including Arsenal, Liverpool, Barcelona and Real Madrid.

However, rumours broke on Friday that Atletico Madrid were poised to make a shock move to bring Reus to Spain, where he would join up with the likes of Mario Mandzukic, Arda Turan, Koke and Antoine Griezmann to form a stunning attacking line-up. Despite strong speculation, Atletico president Enrique Cerezo has revealed that Reus turned down a move to Manchester United earlier this summer - and there is no way the La Liga champions could compete with the Red Devils.

"I don’t know where the Marco Reus rumour came from,” said Cerezo. "It’s a player who, at this time, is impossible to us. Look, he had an offer for a lot of money from Manchester United and he has not gone…we will not sign him with a lesser offer."

United are in desperate need of world class players following a terrible season last term and a poor start this time around, but figuring a role for Reus in Louis van Gaal's 3-4-1-2 system is tough. United have already paid the price for splashing out on a big money signing with no defined role in Marouane Fellaini, and whilst Reus is exponentially better than the Belgian, United need to have a plan for their future rather than simply buying whichever big name attackers are on the market.

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