Marco Reus was heavily linked with Barcelona in the last transfer window and La Liga winners had made the move for him back then, but the German international had no intention of leaving Signal Iduna Park.
In the latest reports by Spanish publication Sport, the story has been outlined how and why Reus decided to snub the Champions League winners of 2015/16 season.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has been a long term admirer of the talents of the Dortmund born attacker and met the player’s agent and organised a face to face meeting with Reus over a possible move to Camp Nou. The first obstacle was the FIFA imposed transfer ban which prevented the Blaugrana from registering new players until January 2016. But this was not the player’s biggest worry.
What worried Reus was not able to stay six months without playing, but how to find a place in the front line bossed by Luis Suarez, Leo Messi and Neymar. He couldn’t just see a space in the line-up and felt there was too much competition for a starting role; also considering Pedro was still at the club at that time.
“And where will I play?”; this was question asked by Reus to Bartomeu and every chance of him making the switch vanished and soon announced in public his intention of staying at Dortmund where he was idolized and loved by the fans.
Marco Reus joined Dortmund in 2012-13 season from Borussia Mönchengladbach for a transfer fee of €17 million and has become a key player under then coach Jurgen Klopp. Maybe, he has made the right choice by snubbing Barcelona and his partnership with Aubameyang this season is is the main driving force for the club’s ambition in Bundesliga and Europe this season.
Let’s say this won’t be the end of their purist, but at the same time Premier League clubs like Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United are all interested in the player.
A host of European heavy weights including the likes Real Madrid and PSG alongside Bayern Munich are also in the run to secure the services of the 26-year old German international.