Liverpool are willing to pay £44 million in order to steal Marco Reus from the clutches of Manchester United, according to The Express.
The Borussia Dortmund ace is one of the most highly-rated youngsters in Europe and has been linked with a move to the Premier League before, but has always insisted that he'd like to remain in the Bundesliga.
Liverpool record bid
However it seems as though Liverpool will test his employer's resolve to keep hold of their star player with a huge bid. The Express say they are willing to offer up to £44 million for the 25-year-old as they look to bounce back from losing Luis Suarez to Barcelona.
The Reds recouped around £75 million for the Uruguayan and will almost certainly invest all of that back into their squad. A deal for Benfica's Lazar Markovic is close to being done, and it seems they may try and target Reus next.
Liverpool have already signed Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert from Southampton, as well as Emre Can with plenty more to follow. Alberto Moreno could arrive at Anfield to solve Brendan Rodgers' problem position at full-back with his current club Sevilla confirming the arrival of Iago Aspas from Liverpool on loan last night.
Manchester United are likely to have something to say about any Liverpool move for Reus however, and could launch a bid of their own this summer. New boss Louis van Gaal is on his way to take over at Old Trafford, and his first job is attracting a host of new players in order to help restore Manchester United to their former glory.
Manchester United overhaul
He's already overseen the arrival of Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera, and his next move appears to be securing the services of a new midfielder. Juventus ace Arturo Vidal appears to the man for the job but there is increasing speculation that he could swoop for Reus along with his Dortmund team-mate Mats Hummels. Manchester United and Van Gaal are also said to hold an interest in Angel di Maria, but he could be on his way to Paris Saint-Germain.
For Liverpool, this could be a crucial summer of rebuilding as they look to consolidate their position amongst the Premier League big-boys once more. They can offer Champions League football for the first time in five years which will help them attract high-calibre players.
Manchester United meanwhile finished seventh last time round under David Moyes, and will certainly hoping for much better this time round under Van Gaal.
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