Marco Reus is quickly becoming the most talked-about transfer target on the market these days, and while Liverpool should enter the race to sign the young midfielder, the Reds shouldn't get their hopes up too much.
Borussia Dortmund and agent Dirk Hebel have done whatever they can to let the world know Reus is not up for sale, with the latter telling BILD a move to Bayern Munich is not being discussed, according to the Daily Express' Anthony Chapman: "We had no contact with Bayern."
Club director Michael Zorc already discussed the team's long-term plans regarding their star player, speaking to Sport1:
[We will] definitely try to keep him long term. Marco is not only a hugely important player for us because of his athletic performance, but also in his role as a poster boy. He is Dortmund-born and a figurehead for this club.
Dortmund are starting to get used to denying any potential sale of Reus, whose name is usually one of the first to be brought up as soon as a transfer window opens. As explained by Chapman, Bayern fueled the fire this time by claiming the player's buyout clause is set to drop to £20 million at the end of this season.
Die Schwarzgelben have emphasised the fact they won't be selling to their Bundesliga rivals, and this in turn has led to the English media creating a hype around a potential move to the Premier League.
Liverpool are reportedly among the clubs interested in his services, and rightfully so. The German international is one of the best attacking players in all of football, and his seemingly effortless playing style would fit Brendan Rodgers' wide-open system like a glove.
His statistics back up his strong play on the pitch as well, per OptaFranz:
But as of right now, this entire saga is still made out of thin air. Both Reus and Dortmund are yet to show any interest in a potential transfer move, and the player has been vocal about his desire to stay with his current club.
Dortmund-insider Sandra Goldschmidt shared Reus' latest comments on the situation, published in Kicker Magazine:
Marco Reus in Kicker: "I can only repeat what I already said many times before: I am really happy to be playing for Dortmund." #BVB— Sandra Goldschmidt (@SanBorussia) August 3, 2014
The 25-year-old is still recovering from the devastating injury that forced him to miss the 2014 World Cup, making this summer transfer window the most unlikely time for him to move.
He has little leverage in contract talks, with teams unable to monitor his recovery and how it translates on the pitch against top-caliber competition. Reus would need a big year in 2014-15 to convince potential suitors he's every bit as good as he was before the injury before contract negotiations started.
As for his buyout clause: The entire saga is built on the comments of one man—Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, in no way affiliated with Dortmund. Reus is one of the world's best players; do you really believe no one would have made a move by now if his clause was that low?
Will Reus move in the summer of 2014?
Neither Reus nor Dortmund have given any indication of being even remotely interested in a transfer, and despite all of the speculation, not a single club has stepped forward and actually made a competitive offer.
Sure, teams can always try, and the Reds should be among the interested parties. They have the finances to make a deal work, can offer a young and exciting team with a bright future and would love to add a world-class creator capable of scoring at any given time.
But there is no reason to believe Reus will move in the summer of 2014, and fans should realise that before they start ordering their custom kits.