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Would Marco Reus' Move To Borussia Dortmund Show A Power Shift In German Football?

Marco Reus has been one of the most exciting talents in the Bundesliga this season. But he could be subject to some strong interest in January from two other German clubs.

Marco Reus of Moenchengladbach jubilates after scoring the first goal during the Bundesliga match between Hannover 96 and Borussia Moenchengladbach at AWD Arena in Hannover, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Marco Reus of Moenchengladbach jubilates after scoring the first goal during the Bundesliga match between Hannover 96 and Borussia Moenchengladbach at AWD Arena in Hannover, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Bongarts/Getty Images)
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It is almost customary for the transfer windows to bring up a long-running saga which dominates the attention of supporters across Europe. For the past few seasons, the prospect of Cesc Fabregas moving to Barcelona was always one which was possible during every transfer window. In the summer, German football fans were consumed by the transfer of Manuel Neuer from Schalke to FC Bayern.

After Schalke's DFB-Pokal win in May, it was almost inevitable that the German number one goalkeeper would swap Gelsenkirchen for Munich but there was a massive sigh of relief when the deal was finally concluded in June. FC Bayern splashed out over £20m on the former Schalke skipper who was immediately thrown into the deep end with a section of the club's supporters against the transfer following Neuer's mockery of FC Bayern legend Oliver Kahn.

But with the January transfer window less than a fortnight away, the transfer saga of Marco Reus has been on-going for the last few months. The Gladbach sensation has been strongly linked with a move to the English Premier League and the press across the Channel still believe a move to either Arsenal or Manchester City is feasible.

However, it would appear, even by mid-December, that there is a tug-of-war between two of Germany's biggest clubs to secure the 22-year-old's signature. Champions Borussia Dortmund are apparently weighing up a bid for Reus when the January window opens but their rivals FC Bayern have been less than subtle in expressing their interest in the player.

Last month, FC Bayern's chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told a German newspaper: "Reus has a clause in his contract that isn't exactly cheap (but) he could give us even more quality in the long run."

The Gladbach attacker has excelled under Swiss coach Lucien Favre who took over Die Fohlen in February with the club adrift at the bottom of the Bundesliga. But in a role on the right-hand side of midfield, Reus was a key figure in lifting the spirits in Monchengladbach and scored the decisive goal in Bochum to keep the club in the Bundesliga after a nerve-wracking final day where they won in Hamburg to avoid relegation.

In season 2010/2011, he managed to net 10 goals from midfield in a side that rapidly changed their philosophy under Favre from the failed Michael Frontzeck reign. The former Hertha coach Favre opted for a 4-4-2 system with a very hard-working mentality that ultimately, served Die Fohlen well in the second half of the campaign with nine wins in total.

And he has continued his sparkling form in to this season with 10 goals in 14 games for Gladbach who have been locked in a chase for a European place. Reus has impressed in a central-striker role with terrific movement and excellent technique and some really outstanding individual goals. A mark of Reus' ability was his impact in Gladbach's 5-0 slaughtering of Werder Bremen where the German international netted a hat-trick at Borussia Park.

So when the transfer window comes along, will the Dortmund-born kid head back to his roots and pull on the famous Yellow and Black of Borussia, or make the largely unpopular move of joining league-leaders FC Bayern?

Normally, a move to FC Bayern would be a given for the majority of their transfer targets due to the general size of the club and their financial advantages over others. But the impression amongst the German media is that a move to Borussia Dortmund is a realistic possibility and he could be the final piece of an immense attacking quartet of Mario Gotze, Shinji Kagawa and Robert Lewandowski.

Reus' contract expires in 2015 and an £18m bid from either club would trigger a buy-out clause that would leave Gladbach powerless in stopping their prized asset leaving Die Fohlen. With Dortmund looking to add to their squad, it would appear Reus is being lined up by FC Bayern as a replacement for Arjen Robben who has been on the injury list for much of this season.

Even with no action until the middle of next month, the Marco Reus transfer saga is almost certainly going to be an interesting event to keep your eye on. A move to Borussia Dortmund, last season's Bundesliga winners, presents an intriguing moment for German Football as some will claim this represents a shift in power in the German top-flight.