Manchester United have declared an interest in Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus and are ready to fight Arsenal, Real Madrid and any other side interested in activating the German forward's £19.8million release clause next summer, according to The Telegraph.
Reus has been a long-term target for Europe's top clubs thanks to consistently excellent form in the Bundesliga over the last three years, but until the surprisingly low release clause in his Dortmund contract became public knowledge a deal looked highly unlikely.
Things have changed on that front though and United want to take advantage, despite smashing past the £150m barrier in a club-record outlay to sign the likes of Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao this summer.
It looks like United fans are well within their rights to expend more cash to be splashed on world-class stars the minute the transfer window reopens in January, with Reus among a shortlist of transfer targets already identified which includes Mats Hummels and Kevin Strootman.
United believe that Reus is significantly more attainable than Hummels though and that's down to the buyout clause, which comes into effect when the current campaign concludes.
The 25-year-old is one of Europe's most exciting, versatile forwards and definitely had the pace and quality to make an instant impact in the Premier League, although for United they aren't alone in reaching that conclusion.
Arsenal are still seriously interested
The Red Devils will have to persuade Reus that he shouldn't join Arsenal's growing contingent of top German stars if it comes down to a straight choice between the pair, with the Gunners very serious about reviving interest in a star that currently earns a reported salary of around £60,000-a-week.
Arsenal remain confident that they have the financial resources and pulling power to make Reus their next major signing in a future role on the left-hand side, one that looks perfectly plausible when you consider continued speculation surrounding Lukas Podolski's long-term future and a return to the Bundesliga.
Throw in Real Madrid's keeping close tabs and you've got all the makings of another transfer raid on poor old Borussia Dortmund in 2015, but quite who will end up with a player at the very peak of his powers still remains very much open to debate.