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Barcelona Transfer News: Marco Reus Deal Edges Closer, Dortmund Obstacle Remains

Dortmund's Marco Reus speaks during a press conference at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Borussia Dortmund will face Real Madrid in a first leg quarterfinal Champions League soccer match April 2. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
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Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistJune 9, 2014

Barcelona have reportedly agreed personal terms with Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus to bring him to the Camp Nou over the summer.

According to Catalan newspaper Sport (via 101 Great Goals), the 25-year-old midfielder has made a verbal agreement to join the Catalan giants, who will now make a €35 million (£28 million) bid—Reus' reported release clause, which kicks in in 2015—to Dortmund.

However, only last month, Reus insisted he would still be playing in the Bundesliga next season, per kicker magazine (h/t Sky Sports' Thomas Zocher):

It's safe to say I will be playing for Borussia Dortmund also in the 2014/2015 season. Basically I do not need to stress all the time that I am feeling great being with the club.

As far as leaving (Borussia Dortmund) that is no issue for me, and I am not affected by it (the transfer release clause).

But it seems the German international has now changed his mind, with Sport reporting his desire to play in a bigger European league and move away from the Bayern Munich-dominated Bundesliga.

Even if this is the case, Barca may struggle to convince Dortmund to dispense with Reus' services. Back in March, Dortmund CEO Aki Watzke insisted the club would not be selling on any of its prize assets, per Bild (via ESPN FC):

"We absolutely do not see the need to sell players who have an existing contract."

Whether there is any significance to the fact that Barca and Reus have reportedly agreed terms remains to be seen. Dortmund's cooperation is obviously still necessary, with two years left on the German's current contract.

Further complications may also be brought in after Reus was ruled out of representing Germany at the World Cup in Brazil this summer after suffering an ankle injury against Armenia on Friday, per Bundesliga expert Jan Aage Fjortoft:

What is in no doubt is that Reus would add great quality to a Barcelona team that is already very impressive, especially in midfield.

He bagged 16 goals and 13 assists as Dortmund came second in the Bundesliga last season, per WhoScored.com.

His potential partnership with the likes of Lionel Messi and Neymar is a very exciting prospect, and he would be a key player for Barca as they look to rebuild under new boss Luis Enrique.

A trophy-less season in 2013-14 is very unlike Barcelona, but the addition of Reus would be an excellent acquisition, and he would likely help them to return to winning ways.

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