Manchester United have been offered some fresh hope in elation to the future of Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus.
Reus was thought to be the subject of interest from Barcelona with reports suggesting that the Spanish giants could try and push through a deal before the transfer deadline of September 1.
Those reports were based on Barca being banned from transfer activity for the next two windows following this one, but the Borussia Dortmund correspondent for German tabloid Bild has dismissed the idea.
“Dortmund reporter Heiko Niedderer: ‘I think this is nonsense (an imminent Barca deal), that would not happen with BVB’” reports Bild.
Reus’ current contract with BVB doesn’t expire until the summer of 2017 and he’s expected to stay with his childhood team until at least next summer.
That will give BVB the chance to work on a proposed new deal after recent talks have proved unproductive due to a difference in how much Reus wants to be paid and what BVB are currently prepared to offer him in any new deal.
It’s generally around the two years to go mark that clubs look at renewing contracts for their key players because that allows them freedom from pressure but also the luxury of demanding a good fee if the player doesn’t want to extend a deal.
It’s also important for United that they are able to have a go at signing Reus next year because they should be in a better position to make a move.
Firstly, Barca will be out of the equation because they’ll be banned from making transfers.
Secondly, United could be back in the Champions League if they finish in the top four, which is likely to be a huge factor in Reus’ decision making should he ever turn his back on his current side.
Any deal for Reus will not be easy or quick to work through so the idea that Barca can do a deal in just over a week would be remarkable if they somehow managed to pull it off.