Marco Reus appears to have increased speculation with regards to his future, with reports suggesting that the in-demand forward has rejected the offer of a new contract at Borussia Dortmund.
This information comes courtesy of reports from German publication Bild cited by The Daily Express, with the 25-year-old's current deal at Signal Iduna Park due to expire in the summer of 2017.
If such news does indeed prove to be accurate, then Manchester United and Liverpool - both of whom have been frequently linked with Reus over the summer - may just have been handed a timely boost in the race for his signature, with the same source reporting that both sides have been placed on alert.
Heading for the exit?
Reus is somewhat of a fans favourite under Jurgen Klopp at Dortmund, with the established Germany international - who was sadly ruled out of this summer's World Cup with an ankle ligament injury sustained during the country's pre-tournament friendly against minnows Armenia - having thoroughly impressed since returning to his boyhood club back in 2012.
The fact that Reus appears unwilling to extend his stay with BVB does not mean that his sale his imminent, of course.
However, a possible lack of commitment could theoretically hasten his departure, particularly given the fact that Dortmund can demand a fee of approximately £27.9 million for his services next summer.
Premier League interest
Manchester United could certainly do with an extra player of Reus' caliber, with his versatility and ability to be deployed anywhere across the frontline likely to appeal hugely to experienced new manager Louis van Gaal.
While the Dutchman's priorities for the coming weeks are likely to include ensuring that he takes the necessary time to fully assess each and every member of his existing squad and perhaps trying to entice a central defender and a robust midfielder to Old Trafford, he would surely not pass on Reus should the opportunity to sign him arise.
Liverpool, meanwhile, have been extremely active in the transfer market so far this summer as they seek to improve upon last season's second-placed Premier League finish.
The loss of Luis Suarez to Barcelona is sure to hamper their chances of remaining in title contention, although the capture of a player such as Reus - were they able to convince him to move to Anfield - would surely act as a real statement of intent.