Marco Reus looks set to be offered another new contract at Borussia Dortmund, in what would appear to come as a further blow to Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool's chances of landing the forward.
According to recent speculation from the player's native Germany brought to our attention by The Daily Express, Dortmund are planning to convince Reus to remain at Signal Iduna Park with the offer of a lucrative five-year deal worth approximately £8 million-per-year that would also see his well-publicised buyout clause increase from £28 million to a whopping £50 million.
That latter point is obviously a particular area of concern for the club, with Dortmund looking to avoid the possibility of losing their key attacking asset for a reduced price next summer as per the terms of his current contract.
Reus - who returned to Dortmund from Bundesliga rivals Borussia Mönchengladbach back in 2012 - was a welcome addition to Jurgen Klopp's starting lineup for the Bundesliga opener against Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday, with an ankle injury sustained during an international friendly against Armenia keeping him out of the encouraging Super Cup victory over Bayern Munich.
Although the 2-0 defeat to Roger Schmidt's side was a big disappointment, to see Reus back in action was certainly a relief and a welcome sight for the supporters after the 25-year-old cruelly missed on a World Cup winners medal in Brazil.
Premier League interest
Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool have all been credited with an interest in Reus in recent weeks, with each Premier League outfit seemingly in need of further strengthening prior to Monday's transfer deadline.
The latter have searched in vain for a fitting Luis Suarez replacement ever since the famously controversial Uruguayan was sold to Barcelona last month, with Monday's signing of the equally volatile Mario Balotelli appearing to represent somewhat of a risk.
Arsenal, meanwhile, looked increasingly unlikely to pursue further attacking additions after the impressive capture of Alexis Sanchez, although the recent injury sustained by Olivier Giroud - arguably the club's only real quality out-and-out striking option - during the fixture with Everton could force Arsene Wenger back into the market in search of an adequate replacement.
Like fierce rivals Liverpool, Manchester United - believed to be long-term suitors of Reus - have also completed a major transfer deal this week, with Angel di Maria's arrival at Old Trafford confirmed just hours before Louis van Gaal's men fell to a humiliating 4-0 defeat to League One outfit MK Dons in the second round of the Capital One Cup.
While the experienced Van Gaal has a more pressing need for defenders and a dominant midfield presence, the signing of Di Maria would appear to suggest that Manchester United are not taking a wholly logical or measured approach to their business as the clock ticks down to the end of the window.
Real Madrid keen?
If Reus were to agree to this tempting new deal at Dortmund, it is not just those aforementioned English teams that would be left despondent.
La Liga giants Real Madrid - who have already stated their intentions for the new campaign with deals for Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez - are the most recent European giant to be linked with his services, with intriguing rumours circulated earlier on Wednesday hinting that Los Blancos were preparing a typically ambitious double swoop for Reus and Radamel Falcao using a percentage of the funds generated by the sale of Di Maria.