Charlotte FC in Advanced Talks to Sign Borussia’s Marco Reus

Goalscorer Marco Reus with Dortmund in May 2024
Goalscorer Marco Reus with Dortmund in May 2024. Photo by Philipp Kresnik/SPP/Shutterstock (14467862t)

MLS side Charlotte FC is reportedly in advanced talks to sign Borussia Dortmund’s attacking midfielder Marco Reus. The Athletic’s Tom Bogert reports that Charlotte has been pursuing Reus for “months”.

Reus announced earlier this month that he will be leaving Borussia at the end of the 2023-24 season. He was initially linked with St. Louis City, but it appears that Charlotte is in a much stronger position to sign him.

Charlotte is not only further in the process of negotiations with Reus, but also holds the discovery rights on the German international. This means that if another MLS team wants to sign the player, they would have to pay compensation to Charlotte.

Charlotte had a promising start to the 2024 MLS season, currently sitting sixth in the Eastern Conference with 21 points. The club is now eyeing to improve its roster and has two Designated Player spots they can use for that.

It is important to note that Reus is considering several other options at the moment. This includes offers from Saudi Arabia, which are likely more lucrative than the ones coming from MLS.

Marco Reus joined Borussia, his boyhood club, in 2012. Since then, he scored 169 goals and dished 130 assists in 426 matches played with the club. Reus won two DFB Bokal and three DFL-Supercup trophies with Borussia. Before he leaves, he will have a chance to add another trophy to his resume as Borussia will play in this year’s UEFA Champions League finals against Real Madrid.