Manchester United transfer target Marco Reus has in principle agreed to snub the Red Devils, Liverpool and Arsenal by completing a £20 million move to Real Madrid next summer, a deal put in place by an agent who represents both the clever forward and Toni Kroos.
Dirk Hebel made sure Kroos got his dream switch from Bayern Munich to the Bernabeu this summer and is now ready to do the same for Reus, who is available for such an outrageously reasonable fee due to the terms of his current contract with Borussia Dortmund.
Reus will see his release clause drop from £27.7m to £20m when the campaign concludes and unsurprisingly a whole host of Europe's top clubs want to take advantage, but the Daily Star believes Madrid are already in pole position to wrap the deal up nice and early.
Van Gaal snub threatens to scupper deal
Snapping up Reus looks like a no-brainer for United if there's the slightest chance Louis van Gaal can persuade the wing wizard his future lies in the Premier League, but then again so did a deal for Kroos.
The World Cup winner has been nothing short of sensational for the last 18 months, but Van Gaal didn't agree and didn't intervene as the technically-gifted playmaker completed a bargain £20m move to Real Madrid.
Van Gaal's summer snub could now come back to haunt him, with Reus under the advisement of the same representative that got Kroos very favourable terms to join La Liga in July.
Next summer promises to be pivotal
Dortmund will be very reluctant sellers if Reus does want to move on at the end of the season, but unfortunately for their enigmatic boss Jurgen Klopp the Bundesliga giants have developed a justified reputation as a stepping stone for world-class talent.
Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski have both turned their back on Klopp to join Bayern Munich over the last two seasons, so don't be surprised if Reus does the same when the time is right.
The 25-year-old's contract expires in 2016, which means this summer will probably be Dortmund's last chance to fetch something approaching a reasonable fee for their star man despite the release clause being in place as protection.
Practically every top Premier League club would jump at the chance to take Reus off Dortmund's hands, but it's very rare that Madrid enter the race for a top player and don't win and for that reason they have to be considered favourites to win this particular transfer tussle.