Manchester City look set to flex their financial muscle with a £30 million bid for German star Marco Reus, according to the Daily Star. With Samir Nasri and Scott Sinclair linked with moves away from the Citizens, Director of Football Txiki Begiristain has identified Reus as an ideal signing to signal City’s intent for the 2013-14 season.
Who is Marco Reus? Here are 5 key things to know about the German attacker:
Marco Reus spent 10 years with Borussia Dortmund as a youth player, but left to join third tier Rot Weiss Ahlen when he turned 17. During the 2007-08 season he broke into their first team and helped them gain promotion. After impressing in the 2. Bundesliga, he joined Borussia Monchengladbach, becoming a cult hero during his three years with the club. In January 2012, Dortmund agreed a fee in excess of £15 million to bring Reus back to his hometown club.
Marco Reus can operate on either flank, or as a striker. No matter where he plays, he can create and score goals. In three and a half seasons of Bundesliga football, he has scored 47 goals and provided 29 assists. Reus has also impressed during his first season of Champions’ League football, scoring three times for Dortmund in their promising campaign.
Reus has established himself as a prominent member of the national squad in recent months. His contribution to the 6-1 demolition of the Republic of Ireland last October emphasised his quality, as he scored the opening two goals and bewildered the Irish defence. He was named the 2012 German Footballer of the Year, following in the legendary footsteps of the likes of Seeler, Beckenbauer, Netzer, Klinsmann, and Ballack.
While at Monchengladbach, Reus was nicknamed ‘Woody Woodpecker’ because “while running, he moves his head like the cartoon character”. During Euro 2012, The Sun dubbed him ‘Rolls Reus’ due to his undoubted quality.
In a recent interview, Reus revealed that playing for the club he supports is “fantastic”, and that “there’s not much that can top playing with the yellow wall behind you”.
However, Manchester City look set to test the ambitions of the young German star. The guarantee of challenging for domestic and European honours may be an offer too good to refuse.