Transfer news: Manchester United target Marco Reus' release clause not valid until next season - reports

United may have to look elsewhere as news breaks that Rues' clause isn't valid until the summer

Samuel Stevens
Monday 06 January 2014 16:55
Marco Reus
Marco Reus

Manchester United's dwindling hopes of signing Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus this season appear to have been shattered after it unfolded that his release clause is in fact pre-dated for next summer.

Reports in Germany suggested that United manager David Moyes was unconcerned by Rues' adamance that he had no desire to leave the Champions League finalists.

However, it is now suggested, the £30m clause appears to be invalid until the summer - too late for the former Everton boss to save his first season with the Red Devils.

Speaking after his side's latest defeat at Old Trafford, to Swansea City in the FA Cup third round, Moyes was downbeat about his chances of doing any major business this month.

"There is an urgency that we want to sign players but are the ones we want available in January?" he said.

"I have said before that I will try to bring players in this month," he continued. "But it is doubtful because of the way the window works.

"There is no point me hyping it up, because the ones we want are probably not going to be available. It is that, rather than us not wanting to do it."

Reus had been unequivocal in his dismissal of the rumours, telling BILD: "I have a contract with Borussia Dortmund and I am happy to be here.

"All I can say about is that I am not thinking about a transfer. I am focused on BVB and anything else is something for the future."

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies


Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in