Ever since Jürgen Klopp was confirmed as boss of Liverpool on Thursday evening, speculation have become rife that the German boss could raid his former side Borussia Dortmund of two of their prized assets in Marco Reus and Ilkay Gundogan. Now Le 10 Sport have also chipped in with a similar claim.
As per the above named source, Barcelona are interested in Reus and are nursing the fear that Liverpool, due to Klopp’s influence, could move ahead of them to sign the Germany international star.
Clearly Barcelona have heard the rumour about Klopp potentially moving for these star duo, with reports saying the Catalan giants are concerned about the players joining Klopp at Anfield and they are now stepping up their own efforts to sign him.
The Catalan giants have struggled to secure victories since the injury suffered by four-time Best Footballer in the World, Lionel Messi, and with the recent injury problems of Andres Iniesta and Rafinha, the need to bring in a top notch attacker becomes paramount.
Luis Enrique’s side are currently fourth on the log in La Liga, tied on the same points with second Real Madrid and just one point adrift of leaders Villareal, and will be looking to secure victory after the international break to pile up pressure on the leaders.
Now the belief is that Klopp wants to lure Reus and Gundogan to Anfield in a bid to start his restructuring in order to return Liverpool to “winners, not doubters”. The 48-year old German is clearly the favourite to sign Reus and Gundogan, hence, Barca are looking to quickly secure the signings of the pair ahead of the Reds.
The Nou Camp landlords will be free from the shackles of transfer ban in the New Year and will make swift move to lure their aforementioned targets to the Catalan.
As per report, Reus will cost around a reported £40m-£50m, while Gundogan – who was hotly-tipped to join Manchester United during the summer – will move for around £30m.
Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid were also keen on Reus during the summer but the 26-year old silky attacker decided to remain at the Westfalenstadion.
Now Liverpool supporters will be hoping their club beat Barcelona to the signings of Reus and Gundogan. We wait!