Manchester United certainly did not set the world on fire with any big name January signings, but what the club has done is start the ball rolling for what is expected to be a record spending spree as manager Louis van Gaal put the final pieces of his team in place.
One thing we have learnt though is that United were in touch with Borussia Dortmund to ask about the availability of Marco Reus.
The German international midfielder is set to leave the Westphalia club at the end of the season and has a buyout clause of just 25€ million which will temp more than just United to try and sign him with the rest of Europe’s elite clubs which include Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid following the 25-year-olds situation.
Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has maintained a tough stance publically denying any link with Reus and Real Madrid.
“Almost every week I hear about such rumours,” he said. “There’s no new developments, we want to continue working with Marco Reus for the long haul.”
Dortmund however is on the bottom rung of the Bundesliga facing possible relegation, and while Zorc may talk of the long haul, vultures are already beginning to circle.
As for United the amount the club will be prepared to spend has a lot to do on whether or not they finish in the top four and qualify for the Champions League.
As a side note now that Kevin Strootman is once again out with a knee injury, United will have to revaluate their options which could see Dortmund’s Mats Hummels in the picture presenting the Red Devils an opportunity to kill two birds with one stone.