Real Madrid will put all their considerable might behind a bid to sign Marco Reus next summer if their current crop fail to deliver trophies, following an extensive scouting mission that goes back nearly three season.
Madrid have monitored Reus extensively and believe he is one of the only players on the planet who could significantly improve their already extensive cast of attacking talent, although Marca believe the Spanish giants are well aware there's considerable competition for his signature.
Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Barcelona and Bayern Munich would all love to be the team that activates the much-discussed €25 million release clause in the German international's current contract, but there aren't many players who say no to Madrid once the 10-time Champions League winners come calling.
Reus wants €230,000-a-week deal
Madrid would certainly have no problem meeting the 25-year-old's blockbuster wage demands, with Reus looking for a salary of around €230,000-a-week if he does decide the time is right to leave Dortmund and the Bundesliga next summer.
Any deal for Reus is largely dependant on how Madrid fare this season, although if you look at the way hugely popular midfielders in Mesut Ozil and Angel di Maria have been discarded in recent years it's not hard to foresee more ruthless changes if Los Blancos fail to win trophies.
Perez spoke to Dortmund last summer
Madrid president Florentino Perez has in fact already spoken to Dortmund to lodge an enquiry for Reus, but was told last summer that there's no way he'd be allowed to leave so soon after Robert Lewnadowski's departure.
If Isco, Gareth Bale, Jesse Rodriguez or even Karim Benzema fail to deliver this season then expect Madrid to prioritise a summer move for Reus, one that would break hearts across the Premier League if it came to fruition.