Bayern Munich president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed that the club are interested in signing Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus next summer.
The Germany international is attracting interest from almost every elite European club as a release clause in his contract will force Dortmund to sell for just £20 million next summer. Bayern Munich were rumoured to be interested, which has now been confirmed.
Seeing another star leave for the Allianz Arena is a nightmare scenario for Jurgen Klopp, who has already seen Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski make the switch. But with Dortmund currently 13 points behind Pep Guardiola's men, it will be tempting for Reus.
Rummenigge did acknowledge that all avenues are open for Reus, however.
"Whether we deal with it, I cannot seriously predict. We've talked too little internally about the subject. - Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
"If a German international has an exit clause and his contract is running out, Bayern is obliged to think about him," Rummenigge told Sport 1.
"With Marco Reus, his release clause is known.
"Whether we deal with it, I cannot seriously predict. We've talked too little internally about the subject.
"There are many great clubs from other countries who would be interested in signing Marco Reus.
"Of course they [Dortmund] will try to extend his contract. But at the end of the day the player will decide what he wants."
Premier League interest
Bayern Munich will have to fight off every big Premier League club if they want to sign Reus. Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United have all been credited with an interest in the recent past.
Arsenal had been labelled as frontrunners in the summer with some reports claiming a deal was on the verge of completion before Reus ruptured ankle ligaments. Arsene Wenger opted to sign Alexis Sanchez as a result.
Manchester United would certainly hold an upper hand financially, but with Reus's release clause standing at just £20 million, virtually every club could compete for his signature.
Gotze would certainly not have endeared himself to an already sensitive Borussia Dortmund fans after attempting to lure Reus to Bayern Munich. Gotze controversially made the switch in 2012 and wants his former team-mate to do the same.
"I get along really great with Marco," Gotze told German newspaper Bild. "That's his decision, he must know himself. But I would be really happy if he would come here."