Marco Reus has been a long term target of ours (via the Express), but it seemed as though he might have been Barcelona bound. We have received a massive boost in the hunt for his signature however, with the German international turning down a switch to the Catalan giants, as reported by the Express.
The report claims that the 26-year-old has no interest in joining the La Liga side, with the competition in the Barcelona forward line – Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi, and Neymar – likely to see his game time restricted.
Reus is also not keen on the fact that he would have to wait until 2016 to secure the move due to Barcelona’s transfer ban (via the Express), suggesting he may be keen on a move this summer rather than remaining with Borussia Dortmund any longer.
The Bundesliga star may actually be exactly what we need, and his signing would be a real signal of intent. Alexis Sanchez is likely to miss the start of the season (via The Telegraph), and our wide options are somewhat limited. Danny Welbeck and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain seem like our only real options, with Theo Walcott finally looking likely to get a real chance up front.
We saw last season that deploying a central midfielder like Aaron Ramsey or Jack Wilshere on the wing has it’s limitations, and we can’t afford to be anything less than full strength heading into the 2015/16 season.