Per a report from Sport1, Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus’ international break is being spent conducting business on the pitch and off of it. Reus and BVB teammate Julian Brandt might be hitting Germany teammate and Bayer Leverkusen ace Kai Havertz with a hard-sell of a recruiting to pitch to join them at Dortmund next summer.
Reus told Sport1 that he’s going to try to convince Havertz to wear black and yellow next year:
I’ll try everything to lure him to Dortmund. I don’t know how high his transfer fee will still rise and it might not be too much for Dortmund. But I will do my best, just as I did with Julian [Brandt]. And in Julian I have an ally who knows him very well. So let’s wait and see.
Brandt confirmed the story and said that Reus The Salesman went to work last year during an international break in an effort to convince him to move to Borussia Dortmund. Per Brandt, Reus told the 23-year-old that he “absolutely wanted him” at BVB:
It triggers something in you when a player like Marco says that. It felt good.
Reus went on to give his assessment of Havertz and what makes him so special:
The guy has enormous potential. You can just see it. If he stays grounded. Judging by how I know him, he’ll do that. It will be interesting to see when he has a phase that is not so good and how he then gets out of it.
But if he stays steady and has good people around him, there’s no reason why he shouldn’t soon become one of the very greatest. But as with every other player, there are things he can still learn. Experience plays a part in that. He’s a sensational player, who you’d naturally want to have in your own ranks.
Why wouldn’t Borussia Dortmund be interested in Havertz? The Germany international is 20, extremely skilled, and likely to be available next summer. The problem for Dortmund, of course, is the likelihood that a bidding war erupts.
There are numerous deep-pocketed clubs (aside of Bayern Munich), who are said to have an interest in Havertz. Real Madrid, Barcelona, Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, and Liverpool all allegedly will make at least an inquiry about Havertz.
Given some of the budgetary constraints it has, Dortmund might have some trouble gathering enough funds to put together a nine-figure proposal for the young star — unless it decides to sell Jadon Sancho, who will assuredly draw in a nine-figure transfer fee of his own.
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