One of Manchester United’s long term targets Marco Reus is reportedly inching closer to a switch to the Old Trafford club. it will be recalled that last month EXPRESS reported United’s interest. Although German giants, Borrusia Dortmund and Bayern Munich are already at logger heads because of the player, pundits have continue to wonder what Pep Guardiola really plans to do with Reus especially as he has been widely reported to be demanding about a £8m/annum wage structure.
Reus is very dynamic and can be deployed in any of the flanks or even as a striking partner to any of the top strikers at Old Trafford, but to lure the German over to Manchester, Louis van Gaal will have to match a transfer fee of about £19m in addition to the bumper wage deal and also get his side a Champions League spot.
German legend Franz Beckenbauer while fielding questions from Bild in August stated that Manchester United ranks among the few clubs that Marco Reus could consider in the event where he chooses to make a switch and was further quoted to have said “I can imagine him at Bayern very well. If you can get a player of his class, you need to try it. I am sure if he doesn’t go to Bayern in 2015, he will probably go to another big international club such as Real Madrid or Manchester United. Dortmund are unlikely to be able to hold him.”
This statement kind of rules out the possibility of Reus staying on at Dortmund as the club is always conscious of the number of high salaried players they have and if an offer comes, the German side will be sure to sell, but the idea of the player going to Old Trafford is hard to comprehend. Louis van Gaal has several options to choose from when it comes to his attacking options and it will be financially irresponsible of a team in Manchester United’s situation to sign another player in a position where they have about five players already. With Wayne Rooney, Marouane Fellaini, Juan Mata, Adnan Januzaj and sometimes James Wilson, of what use will the purchase of Marcos Reus be?
Many have opined that with the ineptitude on the part of Juan Mata, Louis van Gaal might consider shoving out the Spaniard, and also, it doesn’t appear that youngster Adnan Januzaj will be breaking into the starting line-up anytime soon and as such if Reus will be available for as little as £19m, the Manchester United boss might just decide to sign him on once he frees up more space by seeing Mata off.
However, this is still a long shot. Juan Mata might be finding things tough at the moment but it doesn’t mean the former Chelsea man has no more tricks up his sleeves and more so, if van Gaal must sign more players, then I believe he should focus more on his midfield and defence.