Reus Contract Talks Deferred
Borussia Dortmund have put talks on hold with Manchester United transfer target Marco Reus. Club supremo Michael Zorc says all efforts are instead being put into ending the club’s slide in fortunes which has seen them lose six of their opening nine Bundesliga games.
“Our intention is to continue our journey with Marco. Nothing has changed in that regard,” Zorc told Sport Bild.
“The current situation requires the full concentration of everybody concerned. The highest priority is that we get out of it as quickly as possible. Everything else is on hold.”
Dortmund currently lie just above the relegation places in the Bundesliga. Failure to qualify for the Champions League next season is likely to lead to an exodus of players. Defender Mats Hummels has already been linked with Manchester United but the Red Devils are one of a number of clubs keen on Reus.
The 25-year-old has a release clause in his contract. His current deal runs to 2016 and the German club are keen for him to sign an extension. But his release clause kicks in next summer and he can leave for a fixed fee, believed to be €35million (£28million).
Reus was a Manchester United transfer target during the summer but Dortmund dug in their heels over a move. Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid have also been linked with some outlets claiming he is closer to a move to Anfield.
United Watching Bayer Defender
Manchester United are one of a number of Premier League clubs eyeing up Bayer Leverkusen defender Omer Toprak.
Scouts from Old Trafford joined representatives from Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Bayer’s Champions League clash with Zenit St Petersburg last week. According to the Daily Star, the £12million-rated Turkey international was under scrutiny and he could be a Manchester United transfer target next summer.
Toprak, 25, has been with Bayer since 2011. This is his fourth season with the Bundesliga side and he has a total of 116 appearances under his belt for the club, 86 of which have come in the league. He is a two-footed player noted in Germany for his reading of the game.
Toprak is under contract with Bayer until 2018. The German side are looking to hold on to him at least for the rest of the season as they push for another top four finish in the Bundesliga.
The centre-back has been involved in crisis and controversy during his career.
The crisis came in 2009 when he was involved in a go-kart crash that threatened his career and saw him ruled out of action for four months.
The controversy came last year when he was involved in an altercation with a team-mate while on international duty.
The incident involved Toprak, former Hamburg striker Gokhan Tore – now with Besiktas – and Bayer team-mate Hakan Calhanoglu.
Tore got into an argument with the other two players over a woman they had met in a nightclub. According to the police report, which was only leaked to the German press this week, Tore got hold of Tore’s room key and attacked him inside the room. Calhanoglu, meanwhile, was threatened with a gun. Toprak was warned against going to the police over the incident.
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