ATLETICO MADRID MAKE MARCO REUS BID
Spanish powerhouse Atletico Madrid has emerged as the new favorite to sign Marco Reus after meeting his release clause in an official bid launched this morning.
After a bit of an up-and-down first half of the season under new manager Brian Laudrup, disaster has struck here at the beginning of January. Superstar German international left winger Marco Reus, who has yet to agree a new contract with the club, has had his €24M release clause met by Atletico Madrid and continues to be heavily pursued by Bayern Munich.
Many fans were hoping that Reus would agree a new contract; with Milos Jojic, Kevin Grosskreutz, and Ilkay Gundogan all sealing five year deals with the club, it seemed only a matter of time before Reus followed suit and committed for the long-haul.
However, rumors have persisted over the last six months over whether or not Reus would be on the way out. Bundesliga monopolizers Bayern Munich, who have already signed the world class duo of World Cup winning Mario Gotze and prolific striker Robert Lewandowski from der BVB, seemed the favorites to land Marco Reus as well, completing their trident of rival players.
Now, though, Atletico Madrid has put itself in the driver's seat for garnering Reus's signature by officially matching his €24M release clause. Currently flying high on top of the La Liga table and having advanced to the next round of the Champions League, the Estadio Vicente Calderon could be an unlikely yet logical destination for the young German who is determined to make a mark on world football.
None of the intrigue, however, compares to one simple fact. Brian Laudrup has repeatedly told the press that Marco Reus is not for sale, that he will sign a new contract, and that it was just taking time to iron out the details. In the meantime, Brian's very own brother Michael Laudrup, who manages Atletico Madrid, has decided to bid for Brian's star.
Just two days after beating his brother to Danish wonderkid Marco Ramkilde, it seems Michael is not yet satisfied in his sibling rivalry. Now, the Great Danes must battle it out over Dortmund's most coveted prince and the future of German football, to see which brother can improve their team and more successfully carry out the Laudrup legacy.