Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus doesn't want to sign for Real Madrid and if given the choice would prefer a lucrative summer switch to the Premier League with either Manchester United, Arsenal or Liverpool.
That is according to French publication Le10 Sport, who believe that Reus will snub long-term interest from Madrid and a link-up with Germany colleague Toni Kroos if any top English side match his much-discussed £20 million release clause.
Reus will be available for that bargain price at the end of the season under the terms of his current Dortmund contract, with the Bundesliga giants resigned to losing yet another top star after he snubbed the chance to discuss revised terms earlier this week.
Madrid are rarely beaten in the transfer market
There are very few players in world football that would say no to an approach from Madrid, but Reus may just be one of them.
The 25-year-old is the master of his domain, prepared to wait for that all-important release clause to kick in and make him probably next summer's most wanted transfer target.
It would appear that Reus fears not being given the chance to express himself at the Bernabeu if Madrid came calling, with a daunting array of starts including Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez standing in his way.
Arsenal, United and Liverpool would surely have very different ideas for Reus and provide him with a platform to improve still further with top billing in the Premier League, but it remains anyone's guess as to where the clever winger will eventually end up playing when the time comes for Dortmund to sell up.