Which Teams Should Chase Marco Reus After £20M Release Clause Revealed?

Karl Matchett@@karlmatchettFeatured ColumnistAugust 6, 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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Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus won plenty of plaudits last season after an exceptional second half to his campaign, helping his side to finish runners-up in the Bundesliga.

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The attacking midfielder was expected to be a part of the Germany World Cup squad in Brazil, until injury ruled him out of what was ultimately a successful tournament for his nation. Even so, transfer rumours grew that another club would be looking to take him from Dortmund this summer, despite what was generally thought to be a high market valuation. Sky Sports reported several clubs had been linked with Reus around the January transfer window, but his release clause was thought to be far higher at the time.

Now, however, his release clause at Dortmund has been revealed to be just £20 million, per Bild (h/t Metro), meaning those clubs linked—Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Liverpool amongst others—could look to act sooner rather than later, if the figures prove accurate.

Despite Reus' unbelievable quality, it would seem that not every club has a guaranteed need to fill the positions he would excel in the most.


Spanish Sides Stacked

Real and Barcelona are habitually linked with the world's top players, but neither are in need of a starting wide forward right now. Barcelona's last two summers have seen them sign two of South America's best attackers, giving them a front trio of Luis Suarez, Neymar and Lionel Messi, with the likes of Pedro also around.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - JULY 12:  Shirts of new FC Barcelona player Luis Suarez are seen on display next to Neymar's shirts at the FC Barcelona official store on July 12, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Real Madrid have the small issue of Cristiano Ronaldo playing in the same position that Reus usually fills for BVB.

Even at Atletico Madrid, La Liga winners and Champions League finalists last season, Antoine Griezmann has just checked in for €30 million and will fill a similar role to Reus. Spain, this summer at least, looks off the cards.


Bayern Again?

As if Bayern and Dortmund weren't rivals enough, the Bundesliga champions have taken Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski off Reus' current side over the last two summers.

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MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 09:  Mario Goetze of Bayern Muenchen goes past Phil Jones of Manchester United during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Manchester United at Allianz Arena on April 9, 2014 in Mu
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Dortmund would be loathe to lose yet another star to their title challengers, but again, for this summer at least, it appears that they don't need to sign Reus. Bayern are completely stocked in the attacking midfield roles, whichever system Pep Guardiola opts to field, which perhaps gives Dortmund a year's grace before getting picked off again by the same side.

Of course, that also presumes Reus wants to stay in Germany.


Premier League Prospect

In England, Manchester United and Liverpool are the two who have been mentioned most frequently with regard to Reus' signature.

At United, Louis van Gaal has instilled a 3-5-2 system which leaves no room for Reus, with Juan Mata occupying the No. 10 role and several forwards in place for the two up top, while Chelsea's entire squad is brim-full of attacking players.

DENVER, CO - JULY 26: Wayne Rooney #10 of Manchester United celebrates his second goal with Juan Mata #8 during the first half of an International Champions Cup match against AS Roma at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on July 26, 2014 in Denver, Color
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The three who could reasonably make a case to offer Reus a starting spot would be three of last season's top four: Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool.

Arsenal have depth, if not outright brilliance, from the left side of the attack. The addition of Alexis Sanchez though and the great number of choices for Arsene Wenger to utilise in the attacking midfield line surely means they won't be bringing in another wide forward, or can consider using Reus as a No. 10.

Both the top two could benefit from signing Reus, though, no doubt.

He is as impressive technically as Samir Nasri yet a better penalty-box player, and now that Luis Suarez has departed, is as good as anything Liverpool can offer in the final third, and potentially at a price well within their budget. To challenge for the title again this season, it's the sort of signing that the Reds might be expected to try and make, given Reus' versatility and the team's habit of switching attacking systems.

Whether Reus moves on or not this summer remains to be seen, but if the release clause valuation is accurate, sooner or later someone is going to have themselves an absolute bargain off Dortmund.