Barcelona Don't Need Marco Reus with Lionel Messi Dropping Deeper

Rik Sharma@@riksharma_Featured ColumnistJuly 30, 2014

Marco Reus is a talent, but is he needed at Barca?
Marco Reus is a talent, but is he needed at Barca?Martin Meissner/Associated Press

Barcelona have been linked with Borussia Dortmund attacking midfielder Marco Reus.

Per Toni Juanmarti at Sport, the Catalan giants would look to purchase him at the end of this season, for his buyout clause of €35 million.

Reus is contracted at Dortmund until 2017, and with what happened to Mario Gotze fresh in the memory, Dortmund want to extend Reus' contract.

Gotze signed for Bayern Munich after they shelled out €37 million to pay his release clause and caused a stir among Dortmund supporters.

However, per Bild (h/t David Kent of the Daily Mail), talks over a new deal collapsed and Reus is trying to engineer his way to one of the world's top sides.

Manchester United, Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Barcelona are the clubs that have been linked with a move for Reus.

However, while turning your nose up at the chance to sign one of the world's biggest stars is not something that many clubs have the chance to do, Barcelona are in a position where the pursuit of Reus would be totally unnecessary.

They have several attacking options, with the front line of Luis Suarez, Neymar and Lionel Messi more than enough firepower and the likes of Andres Iniesta, Gerard Deulofeu, Pedro and Ivan Rakitic able to provide the ammunition.

Luis Suarez was this summer's big signing.
Luis Suarez was this summer's big signing.Ricardo Mazalan/Associated Press

The only reason Reus needs be pursued is if Iniesta shows a rapid decline in form this season now he has turned 30.

However, if the World Cup is anything to go by, where he comfortably outperformed every other player in a misfiring Spain squad, then a loss of form will not be an issue.

Reus, 25, would be a good long-term replacement for Iniesta, but you have to assume the Spaniard has another two seasons at the top of his game at least.

Furthermore, Messi is more than comfortable dropping deeper and playing in the hole.

Leo Messi can drop into the hole if required.
Leo Messi can drop into the hole if required.Alberto Saiz/Associated Press

Part of the reason for signing Suarez, or any No. 9-type figure, is to have a plan B.

That would be to pull Messi in from the front, so he can pull the strings between the midfield and the attack.

Suarez or Neymar, or even the pair of them, would then spearhead the attack.

Furthermore, if Enrique intends to field Javier Mascherano in midfield, then there's one less role that Reus could feature in.

It has been suggested that the Argentine could play alongside Sergio Busquets as a double pivot at the base of Barcelona's midfield.

Ahead of them this season could be any of Iniesta, Rakitic or pass-master Xavi, who is staying for the final year of his contract.

Ivan Rakitic is looking to make an impact in midfield.
Ivan Rakitic is looking to make an impact in midfield.Emilio Morenatti/Associated Press

Perhaps at the end of the season when Xavi goes, you could argue for Reus to replace him.

In reality, Rakitic would like to have made enough of an impact by then to claim that attacking midfield position for himself.

Reus is a fantastic player, of that there is no doubt. But it's time Barcelona looked at the areas they really need to improve on, rather than simply cherry-picking the best attacking talent.