Express: City move ahead in Reus chase
- 07 October 2014 07:48
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
Ah international break – about as welcome to most supporters and headline writers as a bad case of the flu.
If you’re already missing City, there isn’t much in today’s paper or pixelated column inches to offer much comfort, with only a few snippets of news to digest over your morning cereal*.
*other breakfast foods are available
However, a thorough combing of the media has turned up a few items worth mentioning, starting with claims in the Daily Express that City have taken the lead in the chase for Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus.
Your runners and riders in that race are also said to include Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United, while Bayern Munich shouldn’t go unnoticed either.
Writes the paper’s Jamie Anderson: “Manchester City are leading rivals Liverpool, Arsenal and Man Utd in the race for German star Marco Reus.
“Reports claim Manuel Pellegrini's side have made an official enquiry for Borussia Dortmund's coveted attacking midfielder, and have asked for updates over his availability.
“Jurgen Klopp is unlikely to be pleased with the talk surrounding the 25-year-old, but knows he is vulnerable to offers should Reus continue to rebuff negotiations over a new lucrative deal.
“The German superstar is contracted until 2017, but a £20m buy-out clause is set to kick in during the summer of 2015, enabling those with financial muscle to poach him from under the noses of Dortmund chiefs.
“However, Manchester City's optimism may be short-lived with the bookmakers contradicting the latest reports.”
Well, I’m glad we cleared that one up!
However, one person who would be pleased should the report writers and not the bookmakers be correct on this occasion is Bleacher Report’s Rob Pollard, who believes Reus is the ideal addition as the club look to progress on the European stage.
Pollard reports: “Reus is a player with genuine top-class pedigree and one capable of adding extra quality to the current City squad. He’s the kind of signing that would improve any side, and City, who are said to have tracked his progress for three years, appear to be keen to add him to their ranks.
“Reus is exactly the kind of player City need to make the jump from a side capable of domestic success to one which can challenge for European glory. He’s an outstanding professional, incredibly versatile and possesses wonderful ability on the ball. With a clause in his contract allowing him to move for £20 million, he would be a bargain for a club in need of one or two more world-class players to give them added belief in the Champions League.”
However, do remember this is just media speculation, and no transfers are confirmed until you read them right here on mcfc.co.uk.
Meanwhile, speaking of Europe, Frank Lampard has backed City and Chelsea for sustained success at home and abroad.
The midfielder believes there are parallels between the clubs, such as a strong infrastructure and long term vision that will see both remain at the head of football’s top table.
Lampard told the MEN: “With money coming into the club the quality of the squad is bound to improve, but there is a lot to do behind the scenes.
“Chelsea have done it – you can’t just throw money at it, because that is a potential disaster. Both clubs have built a fantastic structure in terms of young players, training ground and academy and have done it with a real long-term vision.
“Both have that vision and I think Chelsea and City will be right at the top of not just English football, but European football, for a long time.”
Let’s hope you’re right – at least about City, eh Frank?
Finally, it seems Tottenham’s Younes Kaboul is as keen to speed up the international break as the rest of us – he’s already talking about the Premier League clash between City and Spurs in two weeks’ time.
The defender was harking back to last season’s results between the two teams when City fired six past the London side at the Etihad, and five in the return at White Hart Lane.
Highlights are here and here if you’ve got a spare minute this morning by the way.
However, he believes Spurs can be ready to produce a big performance this time.
Kaboul is quoted in the London Evening Standard as saying: "What happened last season was last season. In football the most important thing is the present and we look at the future. We look forward to this game.
"Football is football, you never know what can happen, but mentally and physically we have to be ready for this game."
He added: "I know each game is different, but we need to learn from the Arsenal game because it is a big team, we're are going to play a massive team again. We need to be similar but even better.
"Simply they are more of a threat in front [than Arsenal]. They've got a lot of players attacking and they are ready for the fight.
"They are champions of England so we need to produce a big performance there."