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Reus’ release clause music to the ears of Manchester United

| 13.11.2013

Revelations coming out of Germany suggest Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus could leave last season’s Champions League finalists if another club is willing to activate his near-£30m buyout clause and the player is happy to move on.

Generally considered one of Germany’s brightest footballing lights, Dortmund forward Reus was widely thought to be off-limits by any interested parties until this news emerged.

However, Manchester United boss David Moyes is apparently wasting no time in preparing a raid for Reus and he could use former Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa as a bargaining chip.

Japanese international Kagawa has failed to make a splash since joining United 18 months ago, despite being an integral part of Jurgen Klopp’s double-Bundesliga winning Dortmund side before securing his move to the Premier League.

There is even some speculation that Moyes will make that single a double and try to lure Reus’ teammate Ilkay Gundogan to Old Trafford.

After enduring a tortuous summer in the transfer market, Moyes has sent his scouts all over Europe in recent months as he is determined to bring in one or two ‘marquee’ signings in January.

Whether or not Reus would be receptive to United’s overtures remains to be seen, as the attacker has been in fine form for his club, scoring seven Bundesliga goals to leave Dortmund just four points shy of leaders Bayern Munich at the international break.

Gundogan may be a little easier to persuade to leave Dortmund after his limited time in the first-team this season, though this has mainly been down to injury.

United have reportedly sent scouts to Real Madrid to monitor Angel Di Maria and Luka Modric also, as competition for places at the Bernabeu has been squeezed to tipping point by the signing of Gareth Bale.

Man United’s last win over Arsenal saw their price shrink rapidly to retain their Premier League title, now at 19/5 with Ladbrokes.

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Christian Crowther

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