Manchester City have been linked with a big money move for Marco Reus of Borussia Dortmund, which would be a fantastic signing for the club but difficult to force through.
To put Reus’ performances into context this season, he has been the stand out Bundesliga midfield man with ten goals and eight assists from 22 matches, something no other player can get close to.
His significance to Dortmund is so high that the first obstacle City would have to overcome is a giant fee, which is likely to be well in excess of the £30 million mark.
This 23-year-old is one of the best midfield propositions to come out of the Bundesliga in recent memory and is maybe at an even higher level than Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira were before they left for Real Madrid.
Reus has shown absolutely no sign of wanting to move away from his current club and if he does, he may be tempted to stay in Germany with Bayern Munich a possible location.
This would mean City getting involved in a bidding war for a player who may not necessarily want to move to them or to English football in general.
The money isn’t a problem but the personal and emotional aspect of a huge transfer like this is not something City can control. Plenty of players have turned down big moves in the past because they don’t want to leave a certain club or country.
Reus’ role in the City team is another potential stumbling block. He has an undoubted, first choice, starting position at Borussia Dortmund which is not something he will want to give up.
Unless City and Roberto Mancini promise him, that he’ll be the first name down on the team sheet for each and every match City play, he’ll probably turn his nose up at a move.
This is nothing to do with the way City are run, it’s all about his current role in German football and the profile he currently enjoys. No player would join a team where they are not guaranteed to play all the time.
City are one of the few clubs in the world who could pull this transfer off but there are other targets they can go after, who would be a lot simpler.
Do you see Reus moving to the Premier League?
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