Reports coming out this morning suggests that Marco Reus may be slipping from the grasps of both Liverpool and Arsenal as he closes on a switch to Spain.
The versatile German who recently rejected a new Borussia Dortmund contract is said to be in advanced talks with Spanish champions Atletico Madrid according to Spanish radio station Cadena Cope. As seems to be the case with most transfers and FFP rules it is claimed that a £21.6million deal is being negotiated on how that figure will be paid, with Atletico preferring staggered payments.
The fee itself seems staggering small for a player of his age and talents and it would be difficult not looking at his move to Spain as being something of a missed opportunity for either Arsenal or Liverpool.
It could be argued that Arsenal really don’t need another midfielder but it seems clear to anyone that Reus would improve any team perhaps barring Real Madrid. Dortmund are open to selling their star asset after the player turned down a new contract and especially with his buyout clause fee dropping to £19.7million next season.
The 25-year-old attacking midfielder/winger is famed for his impeccable technique, versatility and speed which invited praise from the very top of German football. Franz Beckenbauer praised his partnership with Gotze saying: ”…as a classic duo there is nobody better than the prolific Reus and Gotze.”
As a Dortmund player Reus was the Footballer of the Year in Germany in 2012 and named in the UEFA Team of the Year in 2013. Reus joined Dortmund in 2012 from Borussia Monchengladbach. Reus was forced to withdraw from the World Cup due to injury.