Charlotte FC in talks to sign Marco Reus


Charlotte FC is in talks to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Marco Reus, sources with knowledge of the talks said. Athleticism.

These sources said no deal is imminent, but Charlotte continues to make a strong push to bring the German to MLS. Their pursuit of Reus has been going on for months and Charlotte owns the discovery rights to Reus, meaning they have top priority to sign him.

Athleticism previously reported, Saint-Louis had held preliminary talks with Reus. Charlotte is much further along in the process. If Reus were to sign elsewhere in MLS, the club would have to acquire his scouting rights from Charlotte, which likely won’t come cheap given Charlotte’s interest in the player.

Reus, who turns 35 at the end of May, will leave Dortmund this summer when his contract expires, ending a 12-year stay at the club. He scored a storybook-ending free kick in his final home game to close the Bundesliga season, his 170th goal for the club. He also has 131 assists. He still has one match left with Dortmund: the 2024 Champions League final against Real Madrid.

Charlotte is off to a strong start to the MLS season under coach Dean Smith and will reload significantly this summer, with multiple designated player slots open and other high-leverage roster mechanics to improve the ‘team. This spring, the club added Israeli international Liel Abada from Celtic in a record deal. Others will follow this summer, with Charlotte hoping to make Reus one of them.

Charlotte is in sixth place in the Eastern Conference with 21 points after 14 matches. Their 13 goals against are tied for second in the league.

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