Liverpool and Manchester United have both suffered a huge transfer setback in their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund ace Marco Reus, with his club insisting that the midfielder isn't for sale and will pen a new deal soon.
Rues has been heavily been linked with a move to the Premier League in recent weeks, with reports suggesting that he had turned down the offer of a contract extension with Dortmund with a view of sealing a transfer, either this summer or next.
Premier League interest
While a move to Bayern Munich has been mooted, both Manchester United and Liverpool appear to be the most interested in landing the 25-year-old. It has previously been suggested that a bid of around £28 million would do the trick, although he has a release clause of around that figure which becomes active from next year, which makes the deal more likely to happen in 2015.
Despite that, Dortmund remain adamant that he won't be on the move this summer, and that they have opened talks to negotiate a new contract, potentially without the release clause.
"I'm surprised that he expresses himself so frequently over Borussia Dortmund lately", said Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke. "We believe that we can offer him a good overall package. We are trying to tie him to BVB long term. Whether that works, only time will tell."
Watzke refused to confirm or deny the existence of a release clause in Reus' contract when asked. He said: "We never talk about contract details."
He was happy to talk about Manchester United playmaker Shinji Kagawa, who joined the Red Devils from Dortmund in 2012.
The Japanese international has struggled to find his best form at Old Trafford and reports suggest that new Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal could be looking to move him on. It has even been claimed that he could be used as part of a swoop for Reus.
Despite that, Watzke insists there is no move planned for Kagawa, who is a known favourite of boss Jurgen Klopp.
"There is absolutely nothing in this whole thing," he insisted. "Our squad building is, more or less, done."
Liverpool meanwhile have already signed no less than six players following Luis Suarez's exit from Anfield, and could well soon make it eight. Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is close to completing deals for Javi Manquillo and Alberto Moreno.