Manchester United Transfer News: Marco Reus Worthy of No. 7 Shirt

Michael WadeAnalyst IIIJanuary 30, 2014

Marco Reus has been linked with Manchester United.
Marco Reus has been linked with Manchester United.Clive Rose/Getty Images

Manchester United have been linked with a move for Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus, a player worthy of wearing the Red Devils' fabled No. 7 shirt.

As reported by David McDonnell in the Mirror, United's No. 7 shirt is vacant.

Mata will wear No. 8 for United, a surprise given the club’s iconic No. 7 shirt remains free, with Moyes coy when he was asked if he was reserving it for someone else.

'You’ll have to work that one out for yourself,' said the smiling United boss, the worry lines on his forehead less visible now he has Mata within his ranks.

The shirt has long been associated with legends of Old Trafford, from George Best, Eric Cantona and David Beckham through to Cristiano Ronaldo.

Juan Mata was expected to take the iconic number after signing for a club record fee from Chelsea.

But the Spain international opted to take No. 8, the shirt left behind by midfielder Anderson when he moved to Fiorentina, leading to speculation that Moyes could have something big planned.

A report in the Metro claims that United will attempt to sign German duo Toni Kroos and Marco Reus during the summer in an ambitious bid to recover ground lost to Manchester City and Chelsea this season:

David Moyes is lining up summer deals for German duo Toni Kroos and Marco Reus as Manchester United look to continue their assault on the transfer market following the club-record signing of Juan Mata.

Reus, 24, has a £30 million release clause in his contract at Dortmund, although it is only active in the summer of 2015.

A move to bring Reus to Old Trafford would take their already fearsome attacking threat to another level.

With a strike rate of 21 goals in 43 Bundesliga games for Dortmund and 15 assists, plus a further nine goals and four assists in 17 games for Germany, per ESPN FC, the attacking midfielder is almost as prolific as a striker.

Alongside the likes of Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Adnan Januzaj he could even take his deadly eye for goal to another level.

But, German football expert Jan Aage Fjortoft claims that Reus would not be open to a move:

The move would establish United as a serious contender for major honours again, after falling off the pace this season, and would put the Premier League on a pedestal as Europe's undoubted top league due to the increased competition his arrival would bring.

It would take a serious bid to tempt Dortmund to cash in on Reus, although the offer of Shinji Kagawa, twice a Bundesliga title winner at the Westfalenstadion, could sweeten the deal.

It is the kind of ambitious move that would gives Moyes the chance of building a side capable of challenging Ferguson's legacy for success at Old Trafford, and put United in great shape for years to come.