Manchester City are increasingly confident that they are are in pole position to win what promises to the fiercest transfer tussle of next summer, the race to sign Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus.
Dortmund are powerless to stop Reus leaving the Westfalen when the current campaign concludes, thanks to the presence of a pesky €25 million release clause in his current contract.
Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich are all monitoring the German international's situation closely, but City are ready to get tough in negotiations and believe the offer of a whopping £200,000-a-week salary will blow their rivals out of the water.
City believe Reus will reject Bayern
German tabloid Bild were the first to report City's planned blockbuster contract offer for the wing wizard, but the Daily Mail adding that Manuel Pellegrini's side believe Reus will reject the chance to join Bayern because of his allegiance to Dortmund.
Bayern have already managed to take Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski from Dortmund in successive seasons and have been frankly terrible at hiding their interest in Reus, thanks to regular interviews from club president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
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City are so impressed with the versatile attacking midfielder that they're prepared to outbid any of their rivals for his signature, a stance that may well infuriate Bayern and Liverpool in particular.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is also a huge admirer of the world-class winger, who has battled back from injury to shine for Dortmund in recent weeks despite their alarming slide down the Bundesliga.
Jugen Klopp's side hold a soft spot in the hearts of many fans across the continent, but unfortunately it looks like their thrill-a-minute ride at Europe's top table is under huge threat and losing Reus to a Premier League side next summer is the lesser of two evils.