Murmurings surrounding the future of Borussia Dortmund winger Marco Reus can be heard at sporadic intervals throughout the transfer window.
The German is the only remaining member of die Schwarzgelben’s elite with a release clause in his contract, which reportedly drops to £27m in 2015.
Clearly perturbed by this, Jurgen Klopp has instructed the club’s head honchos to tie him to a new deal that doesn’t contain this stipulation.
Reus, however, refused the new terms, reigniting talk of him potentially departing the Westfalenstadion this summer.
Liverpool are favourites to land the man who fired 21 goals in the Bundesliga and Champions League last season, available to back at just 9/4 to own his registration on 02/09/14.
Shrewd is not an adjective freely attributed to this offering, especially with his current club are priced as short as 1/4 to have hold of him when the aforementioned day dawns.
Despite what the rumourologists will have you believe, he isn’t going anywhere and here’s why:
Liverpool appear a little over-ambitious in chasing this target.
Reus rejected Bayern Munchen overtures to decorate the dotted line at Dortmund in 2012/13, so it seems highly unlikely he’s going to desert die Borussians to move to Anfield on the back of their one season challenging for the Premier League title.
Bavarian interest remains, while Barcelona have also been linked; both of whom are preferable alternatives to Liverpool.
Dortmund aren’t afraid to spite their face by slicing off their nose.
If the Bundesliga runners-up set their stall out not to sell, they don’t sell.
They could’ve had north of £20m for Robert Lewandowski a year ago, but made him stay for the final 12 months of his contract and lost him without compensation.
Reus is an asset they’re not yet ready to relinquish and with a three more seasons left on his current agreement, they won’t be in a hurry to sell.
The Reds have already bolstered their frontline with three players.
Centre-forwards in the shape of Rickie Lambert and Divock Origi are through the door, while wide man Lazar Markovic is also on board.
With Raheem Sterling and Adam Lallana also capable of providing the supply line to the lone striker in a front three a further addition doesn’t strike as essential, especially with the club still in dire need of a left-back and holding-midfielder.