Chelsea are in pole position ahead of Manchester United, Arsenal, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich to land Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus this summer after plenty of ‘behind the scenes’ talks.
That is according to the Sunday People, who claim that Jose Mourinho is desperate for the Germany international to line up next to Oscar, Eden Hazard and Diego Costa next season and has been working hard behind the scenes to make it happen.
Both Louis van Gaal and Arsene Wenger are also credited with an interest in the classy forward, who has a release clause in his contract activating next summer that will mean he can be purchased for only £20million.
That is a small fee for the likes of the Premier League trio and the European giants, but you would expect Jurgen Klopp to fight tooth and nail in a bid to try and at least get Reus to sign a new contract so Dortmund can get a more substantial transfer fee for him.
The report claims that both Willian and Andre Schurrle have failed to fully convince Mourinho they are worthy of a place in his starting XI and he sees Reus as the perfect addition to help fine tune his squad.
However, expect Manchester United to put up a big fight against all the teams credited with an interest in the 25-year-old, as Van Gaal has been fully backed by the Old Trafford board since he took over, in terms or transfer funds.
BVB may well be resigned to losing their most prized asset for a third season running, but they will be desperate for him not to go the same way as the previous two seasons. Mario Götze and Robert Lewandowski have both left the Westfalenstadion to join Bayern Munich, much to the chagrin of Dortmund fans.
Seeing Reus, by far their most dangerous attacking player, make the same switch would not go down particularly well. He is currently out until the New Year with a third ankle ligament injury this year, the first of which saw him miss Germany’s World Cup triumph in Brazil.