Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has had a decorated and prolific career at Old Trafford. Since signing from Everton in 2004 at the age of 18, the player dubbed “Wazza” has broken club records and won nearly every trophy available to him. With 252 goals, five Premier League titles and a Champions League, Rooney has cemented himself as a United legend. However, the 31-year old is slowing down and reaching the end of his time at United. With Rooney expected to leave this summer, according to the Manchester Evening News, manager Jose Mourinho wants to sign Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus as his replacement.
Reus would not be the first time United do business with the German giants as in recent years, they have signed midfielders Shinji Kagawa and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. At 27, Reus is in the middle of prime years and like previous Dortmund stars such as Robert Lewandowski, Mats Hummels, and Ilkay Gundugan, he could see his future away from Dortmund.
On the other hand, injury concerns have plagued the German over the last few years. While he is profilic when fit, Reus has played in less than 30 games in two of the past three seasons and this season, injuries have allowed him to only play 17 games in all competitions. Despite this, Mourinho is said to be willing to gamble with the talented midfielder. Connected with Arsenal, Liverpool, and Chelsea in the past, Reus would follow a strong line of Germans to move to the Premier League, including Mesut Ozil, Leroy Sane, and Gundogan.
Mourinho is looking to overhaul the United roster after a disappointing campaign has seen the side spend most of the season in fifth or sixth place in the Premier League table. With an offense that has depended too much on the now-injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic, United has been linked to many of Europe’s top goalscorers including Torino’s Andrea Bellotti, Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann, and even a potential shock move for Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale. All of these moves are highly dependent on United qualifying for the Champions League, something the Red Devils are in a good position to do via the Europa League.