Manchester City's hopes of landing Borussia Dortmund duo Marco Reus and Ilkay Gundogan in a combined £50million deal have suffered a blow, after both players expressed a reluctance to leave the Bundesliga, reports German newspaper Bild.
The Daily Mirror reported over the weekend that the reigning Premier League champions are keen to recruit the pair when the transfer window reopens this summer, as Roberto Mancini looks to strengthen his squad ahead of the 2013/14 campaign.
Citizens scouts are believed to have been tracking the German international pair for a number of months, ahead of a bid to bring them to the Etihad Stadium as soon as the transfer window reopens in July.
However, their plans now appear to have been scuppered after both Reus and Gundogan intimated that it would take an unbelievable offer to tempt them into a move to England.
An unnamed German source revealed: "Dortmund do not have to sell, and the players would not necessarily regard it as a step up to join Manchester City.
"They are playing in front of 80,000 fans in Germany and are making more progress in the Champions League so they are not looking to leave."
Reus is under contract with Dortmund until 2017, while Gundogan's current deal still has over two years to run. Add that to the fact that Jurgen Klopp has no plans to sell either of his attacking midfielders, and Manchester City's transfer intentions look almost impossible.