Marco Reus Transfer Rumours: Latest News and Speculation on Dortmund Star

Nick Akerman@NakermanFeatured ColumnistJuly 29, 2014

Dortmund's Marco Reus plays the ball during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Hertha BSC Berlin and Borussia Dortmund in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, May 10, 2014. Dortmund defeated Hertha by 4-0. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
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Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 26

Marco Reus will not be leaving Borussia Dortmund during this transfer window, or any other window on the horizon, according to boss Jurgen Klopp.

Reus has been linked to Arsenal, Manchester United, Barcelona and Bayern Munich, but Klopp is confident his star man will stay with the Bundesliga club, as reported by Deutsche Presseagentur via Thomas Zocher of Sky Sports:

I can tell you I have a great feeling regarding Marco Reus' future at Borussia Dortmund.

Marco will definitely be around at our club for quite a while.


Updates from Friday, Aug. 21

Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has confessed he isn't 100 percent sure Marco Reus will stay at the Westfalenstadion, in fresh quotes reported by Der Westen, via Chisanga Malata of the Daily Star.

Amid new links to Arsenal, Watzke is quoted saying:

We will have to wait and see whether we can keep hold of Marco. All I can say is that I know him really well and it’s not about money with him.

Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 20

Manchester United have seen a huge offer for Marco Reus fail, according to Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo.

Cerezo's own club have been linked to the Dortmund star this summer—a rumour he has denied—but the Atletico president claimed United have tried and failed for Reus' services, per Richard Arrowsmith of the Daily Mail:

Look, he had an offer for a lot of money from Manchester United and he has not gone… we will not sign him with a lesser offer.

Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 19

Marco Reus will not be joining Atletico Madrid, according to Atletico president Enrique Cerezo.

Reus had been heavily linked to the La Liga champions, but Cerezo told Primer Torque he has no idea where the story originated from, per David Amoyal of

Atletico Madrid’s president Cerezo spoke to “Primer Torque” before tomorrow’s match against Real Madrid for the Spanish Super Cup, the match will take place at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Cerezo discussed some transfer period story lines: ”Reus? I have no idea how this story stared. At the moment it’s impossible to negotiate for him."

Updates from Monday, Aug. 18

Bayern Munich president Franz Beckenbauer has admitted the Bundesliga champions will likely move for Marco Reus in the summer of 2015.

Beckenbauer also predicted Real Madrid and Manchester United would be the main rivals for the Dortmund star's signature, per Bild (h/t 101 Great Goals):

I can imagine him (Reus) at Bayern very well. If you can get a player of his class, you need to try it.

If he doesn’t go to Bayern in 2015, he will probably go to another big club like Real Madrid or Manchester United.

Dortmund will probably not be able to hold on to him. I can understand why Dortmund don’t like discussion about Reus.

Updates from Friday, Aug. 15

Atletico Madrid are reportedly leading the race for Marco Reus, who has already indicated he will move to the La Liga champions, according to Spanish radio station Cadena Cope.

Atletico are currently negotiating with Borussia Dortmund according to the report, which is summarised by 101 Great Goals:

Cadena Cope claim that the negotiations have entered the ‘decisive moments’, with a €27m fee on the table - €17m up front, and the remaining €10m in January.

Though Dortmund have denied they’ve had any talks for their striker all summer, insisting he’s not for sale anyway, Cadena Cope claim these negotiations with Atletico have been ongoing for some time now.

Indeed, Cadena Cope claim that Atletico have a ‘Yes’ from Reus, and now just need to convince the Dortmund chiefs, who are loath to lose yet another player to Bayern Munich, and may sell just to in order to avoid that sorry fate.

Trusted voice in Spanish football Graham Hunter adds weight to the Reus rumours by highlighting Juan Gato's claims that the player is nearing an Atletico switch: 

Updates from Monday, Aug. 11

Atletico Madrid have become the latest club to show interest in the much-wanted Borussia Dortmund winger Marco Reus.

Spanish daily AS reports:

Atlético Madrid currently have their sights set on Marco Reus, although a potential move to the Spanish capital for the German star could be complicated.


Reus would be a perfect fit in Atlético as they look to fill the gap left by Diego Ribas, although the 25-million-euro asking price could be one step too far for Los Rojiblancos.

Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 6

The bidding war for Marco Reus may just have been amped up a notch after Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was quoted making a stunning revelation over the player's buyout clause.

Reus' exit clause at Borussia Dortmund has long been reported at the ¢35 million mark, but Rummenigge claimed "it is known that the BVB player has a get-out clause of €25m" in quotes reported by Bild via 101 Great Goals.

The comments have drawn an angry response from Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke, who published the following statement on the club's official website, translated by Ben Gladwell of ESPN FC:

Borussia Dortmund have registered with a certain degree of annoyance that Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is currently saying something about Borussia Dortmund matters at a rate of once every three days.

We are sure that it is quite clear to anybody interested in football what intentions lie behind such remarks.

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is also fully aware that his behaviour is only going to further damage an already tense relationship between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich.

Naturally as employers, we are going to continue to follow our principles in future and not discuss any details of our employees' contracts in public.

Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 5

Marco Reus has offered new hope to potential buyers by confessing Bayern Munich will likely beat his Borussia Dortmund side to the Bundesliga title again this season.

However, Reus continues to give little of his time to transfer talk, as reported by Kicker via Elliott Bretland of the Daily Mail:

It will be all about Bayern Munich again in the Bundesliga, even if they weren't crowned champions in 2007 and 2011 the season after a World Cup.


I can only repeat what I have already said before. I am very happy to be playing for Dortmund.

My main objective for now is to get back to peak fitness. Everything else isn't important for me at the moment.

Updates from Monday, Aug. 4

Marco Reus will not be leaving Borussia Dortmund this summer, despite reports that he rejected a new contract, according to CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke.

Links to Liverpool grew over the weekend, but Watzke stated, per the Daily Star's Chisanga Malata:

We have said many times this summer that Reus will not leave. Marco will play with us next season.

There is no possibility that he will play elsewhere. We will try to tie him to our club for longer and we are proceeding with peace of mind that he will renew his deal.

Original Text

Marco Reus has reportedly turned down the opportunity to sign a contract extension with Borussia Dortmund, a decision that will spark Europe's elite clubs into battling for the German star's signature.

As reported by Bild and translated via 101 Great Goals, Reus' future now appears in doubt:

According to Bild, contract talks between the player and club and Dortmund collapsed in May, and the 25-year-old German forward is now able to leave Jurgen Klopp’s outfit for €35m from 2015, as per his release-clause.

Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Manchester United are said to be interested in the pacey forward, who missed Germany's World Cup triumph through injury. He scored 21 goals and assisted 15 across 39 appearances in the Bundesliga and Champions League last season, per, ensuring his reported release clause of €35 million could amount to a bargain.

Reus' potential transfer could open the floodgates at the Westfalenstadion, especially if he joins Bayern. BVB supporters have been forced to watch as stars Mario Goetze and Robert Lewandowski joined their Bavarian rivals across the past two years, but Reus has remained firmly against making the same switch.

"I wish luck to Lewa and Goetze, but Bayern will never have me. Money is not everything," Reus reportedly said, per Danny McCann of the Mirror. If this snippet proves to be true, Dortmund fans may wonder exactly why he allegedly failed to renegotiate a longer contract.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 21:  Marco Reus in action during a Borussia Dortmund training session ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group F match against Arsenal at Emirates Stadium on October 21, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Image
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It's questionable whether Barcelona need Reus after Luis Suarez's capture. Luis Enrique now has the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar, Pedro, Andres Iniesta and Gerard Deulofeu to rotate alongside the newly acquired Uruguayan. Despite his proven quality, Reus' arrival would provide the Blaugrana's new boss with a seemingly impossible balancing act.

United could certainly use Reus' pace, technical skill and direct style. Louis van Gaal's wingers continue to underwhelm, as Nani, Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia show their qualities in short bursts. The club hasn't possessed a truly match-defining wide-forward since Cristiano Ronaldo left in 2009, despite the emergence of young Adnan Januzaj.

Reus' versatility could also see him play behind the striker or up top, making him an attractive prospect if he is to leave Dortmund. Popular football writer Clark Whitney outlines why Reus' return to fitness is pivotal:

Interestingly, Sky Sports' Peter O'Rourke confirms Reus' buyout clause only comes into effect in 2015, meaning Dortmund have a major decision on their hands if the player wishes to exit. Jurgen Klopp could net a greater deal for his services this summer but would need to find a quick replacement. If Reus stays, the buyout clause is all Dortmund can expect to get.

Jurgen Klopp expects Reus and teammate Mats Hummels to remain by his side, saying, "I can assure everyone that there are no signs that those two players want to leave," per the 19:09 Uhr show and via The Guardian. "Marco and Mats will play for us the next season."

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25:  Marco Reus of Borussia Dortmund (L) in action with Philipp Lahm of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, Unite
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BVB's hopes of keeping Lewandowski eventually saw him sign for Bayern on a free, meaning a transfer in the region of £30-£40 million was missed out on. That's a giant financial mishap for the sake of one season, especially considering Dortmund finished 19 points behind the champions anyway.

Clubs will certainly be on high alert after Bild's report. Reus' future will be thrown into chaos if he becomes available to buy, with no shortage of suitors hoping to land his decisive style of play.

Dortmund followers will have their previous heroes' high-profile departures weighing heavily on their minds. Reus can, of course, end speculation by stating his intentions as we head into what is sure to be an extremely busy August.


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