Borussia Dortmund executive Hans-Joachim Watzke must loathe picking up his phone with the club’s players coveted across the continent and he has recently confirmed rumours of a release clause in forward Marco Reus’ contract at the Westfalenstadion to be true.
Manchester United have been linked to a swap deal for the winger involving their former Dortmund playmaker Shinji Kagawa in the last few days.
The figure relating to their target doing the rounds in the press has been €35m or £29.4m and given the wedge dished out for some other recent big club acquisitions it makes him seem like a bargain.
Reus’ Borussia Dortmund are 19/10 to beat Bayern Munich for the second time this season when the pair clash in the next round of league fixtures.
Mario Gotze registered six goals less than Reus across the Bundesliga and Champions League last season.
The 24-year-old’s former Die Schwarzgelben brother-in-arms cost Bayern Munich £37m when he ditched the Westphalians for the Allianz Arena in the summer, yet he was outgunned by the man who stayed put in Dortmund.
Reus has stepped up on that output this term too, with 10 strikes and five assists in 18 games so far suggesting a value seemingly commensurate to Gotze’s may even have risen.
Chelsea paid £0.6m more for Willian in the Anzhi Makhachkala fire sale.
In snatching the Brazilian from the very arms of the Lilywhites, Roman Abramovich had to stump up enough cash money to buy Reus along with a fish super for the entire Matthew Harding stand from a club who had little power to drive a hard bargain.
For their money they received an inferior goal threat to Reus as six campaigns in Ukraine failed to yield a return of more than eight goals for the Corinthians youth product.
£30m Tottenham Hotspur record signing Erik Lamela had played just two Europa League games before his move.
Having been trumped in their bid for the former Shakhtar Donetsk flyer Spurs splashed the cash on Roma’s Argentinian entertainer in his place.
Unlike Reus who was a vital part of the side and took part in every match as Dortmund swept stylishly to last season’s Champions League final, Lamela’s sole European experience before he arrived at White Hart Lane was a two-legged Europa League qualifier which the Giallorossi lost to Slovan Bratislava.