Manchester City have entered the race for Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus - and will launch an audacious €38 million bid for him before the season is out, according to Goal.com.
Reus has emerged as one of Dortmund's most influential players since moving from Borussia Monchengladbach last summer, and was in sublime form as his side claimed a memorable 4-1 win over Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals last week.
The talented youngster also got on the scoresheet for Dortmund against Manchester City when the two teams met in the Champions League in October, and helped to knock Roberto Mancini's side out at the group stages.
According to Goal.com, Manchester City are ready to make a blockbuster summer offer for Reus in order to prize him away from Dortmund.
That includes making Dortmund an offer of more than double the €17.1 million they paid for Reus in 2012, and offering to double the player's wages from his current €71,000-per-week salary.
Manchester City are expected to be active in the summer transfer market after failing to defend their Premier League title this term, with new director of football, Txiki Begiristain, leading the recruitment charge.
In recent weeks the Citizens have been linked with moves for Napoli forward Edinson Cavani as well as Brazilian sensation Neymar.
However they may well be unsuccessful in their pursuit of Reus, who has four years left remaining on his deal at Signal Idunda Park - Goal report that the talented 23-year-old is unlikely to be open to moving any time soon.
Despite that, the news will come as a worrying development for Dortmund, who appear to be fighting a battle to stop their successful team being broken up.
The double title winners have already lost starlet Mario Gotze to rivals Bayern Munich, while leading striker Robert Lewandowski could soon follow suit.