Chelsea have joined Manchester United, Arsenal, Manchester City and Real Madrid in the race for Marco Reus after manager Jose Mourinho made a surprise U-turn over a move for the Borussia Dortmund star.
Mourinho had originally denied that Chelsea would make a move for the Germany international, who missed the World Cup finals in Brazil through injury, but the Daily Star understand the situation has now changed.
These fresh reports claim Mourinho feels Reus’s £19.6 million release clause makes the player an irresistible potential purchase. The 25-year-old goalscoring winger is widely regarded as one of the best players in the Bundesliga - and there’s a growing feeling in Germany that he could leave Dortmund as early as next month.
Reus under contract until 2017
Reus is under contract at Signal Iduna Park until 2017, but stunned Dortmund in the summer by rejecting an improved deal from the 2013 Champions League finalists.
This has alerted a handful of the world’s top clubs - the aforementioned teams, plus Dortmund’s domestic rivals Bayern Munich - who are now battling to convince Reus to leave the struggling German outfit in 2015.
Chelsea to sign Reus in 2015?
Mourinho is keen to sign Reus, who would line up alongside Eden Hazard and Oscar, and behind star striker Diego Costa, in Chelsea’s first-choice starting line-up.
Willian, Ramires and Andre Schurrle have all proven to be effective players for Mourinho, but Reus is a class above and would significantly enhance Chelsea’s chances of landing major titles over the forthcoming seasons.