A host of clubs including Manchester United and Barcelona are in the chase to land Marco Reus in 2015, but Real Madrid appear to be the early favourites.
According to El Confidencial, who enjoy close links to Real Madrid, president Florentino Perez has already agreed a first option deal with Borussia Dortmund. That means he will be notified should another club come in for the forward.
The agreement gives Real Madrid a massive advantage ahead of what promises to be the biggest transfer scramble of next summer. Reus will be available for as little as €25 million when a release clause in his contract becomes active and a number of clubs are preparing to match it.
The same publication claims La Liga giants Barcelona and Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich are circling the player with the intention of bidding next summer. Borussia will likely do everything to make sure Reus doesn't end up at the Allianz Arena with former team-mates Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski, however.
Premier League interest
Manchester United are also ready to move for the player despite the fact they have just signed Angel di Maria from Real Madrid. Reus was highlighted as a potential star signing for Louis van Gaal this summer, but Borussia had no intention of selling the 25-year-old, as was highlighted by Arsenal's failed move.
Arsenal reportedly had a €40 million bid rejected for Reus in the latter stages of the transfer window, but was rejected out of hand by Jurgen Klopp despite the fact it is €15 million more than they will lose him for next summer.
Rejecting the bid from Arsene Wenger was hailed as a new era for Borussia Dortmund who, similar to Arsenal, were forced to sell their best players to rival clubs in order the balance the books. They are now in a healthier financial situation and were able to deny the Gunners another massive signing.
Real Madrid favourites
Real Madrid remained confident throughout the window, knowing Borussia would not let Reus leave the Westfalenhallen Arena without giving them the chance to respond. That agreement will stay in place, allowing Carlo Ancelotti to regenerate his transfer budget after the heavy spending this summer.
James Rodriguez joined for £63 million although the £59 million sale of Di Maria to Manchester United did help balance the books.