On Tuesday reports from Germany suggest all is not well with Marco Reus.
Apparently the 25-year-old attacker has rejected a new deal with Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund and he is now being pursued by a host of European giants.
Manchester United, Barcelona and Bayern Munich are all said to be keen on sealing a $48 million deal for Reus, as the German international has that as his release clause in his contract. That’s not too much for a player who had delivered domestically, in the UEFA Champions League and internationally.
According to German newspaper Bild, Reus doesn’t want to stick around any longer at the Westfalenstadion after scoring 21 goals in 39 games during the 2013-14 season. He is refusing to extend his current deal past 2017 and wants a move away. Take all of this with a pinch of salt, but it seems like Reus will follow the likes of Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski out of the door. Both of those players joined Bayern Munich from Dortmund and if Reus followed them it would be a killer blow to BVB’s chances of trying to wrestle the Bundesliga title from Munich’s grasp for the foreseeable future.
Reus should have been part of Germany’s 2014 World Cup winning squad but injured his ankle ligaments during the warm up games and missed out on heading to Brazil. His power and pace often see him get in behind defenses but his creativity and vision from deep-lying roles mean he is also a creator. Reus can play across the front line and would slot in at United, Barca or Bayern seamlessly.
Not it seems as though he’s willing to make up for lost time and announce his talents at some of the biggest clubs in the world. Which one will dip into their pockets to sign Reus?
PRAGUE (AP) Czech champion Viktoria Plzen is close to signing Austrian midfielder Andreas Ivanschitz.
Plzen says Ivanschitz agreed terms for a contract lasting 1 + seasons and will sign it when the team returns from a training camp in Spain. Ivanschitz has already joined the squad at the Oliva Nova resort, the club says.
Ivanschitz helped the Seattle Sounders win their first MLS Cup in December.
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No financial details were given.
The 33-year-old Ivanschitz also played for Rapid Vienna and Red Bull Salzburg in Austria, Mainz in the Bundesliga, Levante in Spain and Panathinaikos in Athens.
Ivanschitz played 69 games for Austria in 2003-14, scoring 12 goals.
Joel Matip is going to get to play for Liverpool during AFCON after all.
The center back had turned down the chance to represent Cameroon at the Africa Cup of Nations, and Liverpool was forced to apply to FIFA for a waiver.
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Matip suffered an ankle injury in December, adding to his desire to stay at Anfield. He declared himself internationally retired and was one of six Cameroon players who refused call-ups for AFCON.
He last played for the Reds on Dec. 11, and can be selected by Jurgen Klopp against Swansea City on Saturday.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney says he raised 1.2 million pounds ($1.5 million) from a friendly game against former club Everton last year.
That represents the profits, after operational costs, from August’s sellout match at Old Trafford and goes toward the Wayne Rooney Foundation’s target of raising 5 million pounds for children’s charities.
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Rooney said: “I’d like to thank all the fans who came to the testimonial and made it such a special night. They’ve raised a huge amount of money for children who are disadvantaged and it will make a real difference to their lives.”
Rooney is one goal from breaking Manchester United’s scoring record, with the striker currently tied with Bobby Charlton on 249 goals.
Rooney joined United from Everton in 2004.
Robert Lewandowski picked up where he left off.
The Polish striker scored twice for Bayern Munich, once in stoppage time, as the Bavarians improved their Bundesliga lead to six points after toppling Freiburg 2-1 on Friday.
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And what a winner it was, Lewandowski taking a Douglas Costa cross with two juggling touches before hitting an offspeed bouncer inside the post.
It was the league’s first match following the winter/holiday break, giving Bayern a cushion before RB Leipzig takes the pitch against Eintracht Frankfurt in a Top Five tilt on Saturday.
Lewandowski moves closer to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the goal scoring chart. His 13th and 14th goals have him two back of Borussia Dortmund’s striker, as Lewandowski pursues a third Golden Boot in four seasons.
Full Weekend Schedule
Freiburg 1-2 Bayern Munich — Friday
Augsburg vs. Hoffenheim — Saturday
Schalke vs. Ingolstadt — Saturday
Darmstadt vs. Borussia Monchengladbach — Saturday
Werder Bremen vs. Borussia Dortmund — Saturday
Wolfsburg vs. Hamburger SV — Saturday
RB Leipzig vs. Eintracht Frankfurt — Saturday
Bayer Leverkusen vs. Hertha Berlin — Sunday
Mainz vs. Koln — Sunday