Liverpool set to be disappointed as Real Madrid open talks with Marco Reus

Liverpool appear to have missed out on their slim hope of luring Marco Reus to Anfield, after the Daily Express reported that the Borussia Dortmund star was in talks over a potential move to Real Madrid.

The Express report that the 26-year-old will cost around £46m, which had led to speculation that Brendan Rodgers could be interested in making a move, having received £49m from Manchester City for Raheem Sterling (via BBC Sport).

Considering Reus’ growing reputation in the game, it seems unlikely that he would have been interested in a move to Merseyside currently. With Dortmund only qualifying for the Europa League this season, he may not be too willing to move to a club in the same competition, especially if Madrid – who can offer Champions League football – come calling.

It is not just Madrid that are happy to offer the playmaker another chance to shine in Europe’s premier competition. The Express suggest that Manchester United, Arsenal, and Chelsea were also interested.

Nevertheless, Rodgers may have been hoping that the ambition the club have shown so far in the window may be enough to tempt Reus into making something of a sideways step. The acquisition of Roberto Firmino especially, would suggest that the Reds are hoping to banish the painful memories of last season by returning to the Premier League’s top four. Had they signed Reus, few would have doubted them.

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