Real Madrid Transfer News: Marco Reus Hunt Stepped Up After Bayern Munich Bid

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistDecember 15, 2014

Dortmund's Marco Reus celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Champions League group D soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and Galatasaray Istanbul in Dortmund, Germany, Tuesday, Nov.4,,2014. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
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Real Madrid’s pursuit of Marco Reus may have to be expedited, with reports suggesting Bayern Munich have already made their interest in the Germany international known in the form of an official bid.

That’s according to Jose Felix Diaz of Marca, who claims the bid lodged by the Bavarian juggernauts is less than the widely reported €25 million mark:

Bayern have already made an offer, and this has prompted Real Madrid to send a representative to Germany so as not to be taken by surprise and lose out as a result of any action taken by the player himself.

The successful signing of Reus will have much more to do with the player's own wishes rather than any agreement between clubs, or anything else.

A figure of around €25 million is said to be what Reus and Reinhard Rauball, the president of Borussia Dortmund, have agreed for the German international player to be able to leave, though Bayern are apparently seeking an agreement for somewhat less than that.

The Borussia Dortmund man is currently suffering with an injury, but with a release clause set to become active in his contract, that has not stopped a host of European football’s biggest names being linked with the 25-year-old forward. Here’s a look at why Reus is such a coveted talent:

Real are currently on a 20-game winning streak and have played a wonderful brand of effervescent attacking football in the early weeks of the season. The challenge for Carlo Ancelotti will be to preserve the staggering momentum that the club has built up, and bringing in a player of the class of Reus would potentially be the perfect way to do so.

Reus would add yet another dimension to Real's formidable attacking Arsenal.
Reus would add yet another dimension to Real's formidable attacking Arsenal.Michael Sohn/Associated Press

The Dortmund man possesses the stylistic attributes befitting of a Madrid player, after all. He’s blisteringly quick, can dribble with incisiveness and is an eminent goal threat when he gets within 25 yards from goal. With Barcelona’s 12-month transfer ban set to begin in January, Bleacher Report’s German football expert Clark Whitney thinks all signs point to a Madrid move:

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But Bayern—who have signed Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski for the Ruhr club in recent seasons—look set to have a say in the matter, too. Indeed, the lure of working with Pep Guardiola, playing at the Allianz Arena and winning myriad Bundesliga titles is surely something worth considering for any player, as illustrated emphatically by the aforementioned transfers.

Gotze and Lewandowski couldn't resist the lure of Bayern. Can Reus?
Gotze and Lewandowski couldn't resist the lure of Bayern. Can Reus?Matthias Schrader/Associated Press

Reus has insisted in the past that he’d never move to the German champions, however, claiming that “Bayern will never have me” (per Danny McCann of the Mirror). Things can admittedly change for players, but at this juncture, Real looks a more likely destination for the forward.

If he was to move to the Santiago Bernabeu, he’d have a major fight on his hands getting into the team, as noted here by Whitney:

Would Reus be able to force his way into this Real team?
Would Reus be able to force his way into this Real team?Clive Mason/Getty Images

With Premier League clubs also reportedly interested in bringing Reus to England, per the Daily Star (h/t Tom Sheen of The Independent), it would be naive to make any judgements on the player's future yet.

But the Dortmund man will want guaranteed first-team football when he eventually leaves his boyhood club, and at this juncture, the top sides in England would be able to offer him more of that than the likes of Bayern and Real.

There’s little denying that at the moment, the aforementioned giants of the German and Spanish games are the two most impressive sides on the continent. As such, they’ll possess the most pulling power as the vultures circle around Reus. 

And as noted by Diaz in his piece, the decision won’t be made on the basis of which team stumps up the most cash—€25 million is a snip for a player of Reus’ quality—but what those clubs do to convince Reus that they are the best outfit to help continue his development.