Bayern Munich legend Franz Beckenbeuer has branded Marco Reus an 'extraordinary' player as the battle for his services starts to hear up.
The Borussia Dortmund ace is likely to be the subject of an intense transfer battle in the new year when a release clause of just €25 million is activated.
There's huge interest from the Premier League with the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea all in the race for his signature, while Real Madrid and Bayern Munich - who have spirited away both Robert Lewandowski and Mario Gotze in recent seasons - are both in the running too.
It seems as though Bayern are stepping up their charm offensive, with Beckenbauer who is an honorary president at the Bavarian club publicly praising the Dortmund star.
'Would Reus' departure be the end of Dortmund's ambitions? There's more to Dortmund than just Reus,' he said. 'They still have plenty of other great players, although Reus is obviously an important player for Dortmund.
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'When there's so much talk about a player, it means that he is an extraordinary player and that's most certainly the case with Reus.'
Dortmund officials were unhappy with Bayern Munich executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge for going public with details of Reus' release clause, and may be more willing to sell to a Premier League club, although of course ideally they would like to keep hold of him.
Premier League bound?
That will of course play into the hands of Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool, however as things stand Reus is playing his cards close to his chest when it comes to his future.
"I can only repeat what I have already said before, I am very happy to be playing for Dortmund,' said the 25-year-old who missed Germany's World Cup triumph with an ankle injury. "My main objective for now is to get back to peak fitness. Everything else isn't important for me at the moment."
As things stand his deal expires in 2017 and he has reportedly turned down the offer of a new deal to remain with Dortmund. Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United appear to be in need of some fresh blood having struggled so far this season, while Chelsea are flying high in the Premier League having yet to lose a game.
However it could be that Barcelona make a late swoop for his services; the Catalan club are believed to be Reus' preferred destination.
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