Dortmund fell to a 1-0 home defeat to Augsburg on Wednesday, a result that leaves them two points adrift at the bottom of the Bundesliga table.
Having suffered a poor start to the campaign, many may have hoped that the winter break allowed Jurgen Klopp to rejuvenate his side, but one draw and one defeat since the turn of the year have done little to ease worries. Roman Weidenfeller and Mats Hummels actively engaged angry fans following the game, with the goalkeeper climbing the metal grill between the pitch and stands to engage them in conversation, but the continuing poor form suggests that it could be the end of an era at the Westfalenstadion.
Should relegation ensue, there is no chance that Dortmund’s stars would remain with the club - and that could be to the Premier League’s benefit.
Hummels, Ilkay Gundogan and Nuri Sahin have all been linked with transfers to the Premier League - as per the Mail - with Manchester United and Arsenal favouring the first two names, but it is the future of Marco Reus which has become so intriguing.
A local hero, Reus’s rise to fame came to draw interest from Bayern Munich, but following the transfer of Mario Gotze, and the public announcement of Reus’s £20 million release clause, relationships between the two clubs have become so bad that a deal seems unlikely. Barcelona have also tempted the forward, but the competition for places at Camp Nou could prevent a move, and that opens the door for a switch to England.
Chelsea have been linked with the 25-year-old, as per the Mirror, whilst United have also been considered as real contenders for his signature, according to the previously linked Mail article. Liverpool and Arsenal are continuously mentioned as interested parties, although their is no indication as to the validity of those claims.
There is almost no chance that Reus will remain with Dortmund if they get relegated, whilst even staying in the top flight could see him depart for the Champions League. With offers in Germany and Spain off the table, the Premier League could benefit, and a switch to Chelsea or United has seemingly become all the more likely.