Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus is delaying signing a new contract as he waits to see if Liverpool or Manchester United firm up their interest with a bid for his services in the January transfer window or next summer.
According to the Daily Express, Arsenal have also joined Liverpool and United in the hunt for the Germany international, who has refused to renegotiate terms on his current deal.
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That's because his current deal reportedly includes a clause that drops Reus's minimum release fee to just £20m at the end of this season. The forward would be one of the world's most wanted players if he was available for that price, but teams may hold off bidding in January to get him at the knockdown price six months later.
Dortmund are understandably keen to get Reus tied down to the club long-term, and want to remove that clause from his contract if possible.
German newspaper SportBild claims Reus told Jurgen Klopp that he is not interested in discussing a new Dortmund contract until next summer at the earliest, as he waits to see if any of the big clubs come in for him next summer.
As well as United, Arsenal and Liverpool, the likes of Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid are also keeping tabs on the Germany forward.
Klopp is desperate to prevent his side from losing another big name, as Dortmund have been powerless to stop Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski leaving for Bayern Munich in recent seasons.
Both Lewandowski and Gotze were key parts of Bundesliga-winning Dortmund sides, and helped the club to their first Champions League final since 1997. Having watched two of his top teammates depart the club, Reus is worried about stagnation in Dortmund.
Liverpool and United have the transfer funds to make sizeable bids for the attacker, while Arsenal have many players similar to Reus but that hasn't put Arsene Wenger off in the past.
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