Borussia Dortmund Marco Reus has a buyout clause in his contract that is significantly cheaper than previously estimated, according to Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
The Bayern chief has used an interview with Bild to fire another shot at their bitter rivals Dortmund ahead of the new Bundesliga campaign, while also handing Premier League duo Manchester United & Liverpool a massive boost in their efforts to sign a genuine world-class superstar.
Bayern have previous
Dortmund fans are probably sick to the back teeth of Bayern taking the opportunity to disrupt Jurgen Klopp's plans, with Robert Lewandowski most recently following Mario Gotze in making the controversial move to Munich in search of silverware and star status.
Rummenigge just can't help himself though and is adamant that Dortmund's star man has a much lower release clause in his current contract than previously believed.
Splashed on Sport Bild's front page this morning are the quotes from Bayern's top dog, who has insisted: "It is known that the player with Borussia Dortmund has a get-out clause that, as rumours, at €25m to be located."
Reus is currently picked up £65,000-a-week at Dortmund in a deal that runs until 2017, but it has previously been widely reported across the continent that it would take a whopping €35m to open talks with the versatile playmaker, despite Klopp's insistence that his talisman will stay put for now.
Today's revelation has blown that theory out of the water though and opened the floodgates for intense speculation surrounding a surprise summer switch, with United and Liverpool surely the most interested observers as they search for a proven quality before the transfer window slams shut.
Premier League interest no secret
United in particular are on the lookout for fresh faces and are set to clarify their final push for transfer targets in a recruitment meeting later this week, an agenda which now might need changing dramatically.
Reus can operate in practically any position in the final third, and while the Red Devils might not necessarily need a new number 10 or wing wizard given Van Gaal's preference for 3-5-2 the chance to sign players of his calibre doesn't come along every day.
Liverpool meanwhile have shown their spending power already this summer and already signed Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic for similar fees to the one Rummenigge quoted for Reus.
Reus is a proven goalscorer at the highest level and has netted 14 and 16 goals respectively in his last two Bundesliga campaigns, while also capable of picking out passes under pressure or producing a burst of pace to beat defenders in tight spaces.
All these attributes make the star an absolute steal at €25m if there's an ounce of truth to what Rummenigge's claimed in a potentially divisive interview that must have Europe's top clubs on high alert.