Borussia Dortmund are increasingly confident that Marco Reus will snub interest from Europe's top teams to stay put next season, both because of his deep affection for the teams and plans to give Jurgen Klopp a big transfer kitty next summer.
Reus continues to be very strongly linked with Premier League quartet Arsenal, Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea, despite being sidelined for at least another month due to a left ankle injury.
Bayern Munich and Real Madrid are also seriously considering an attempt to activate the 25-year-old's much-discussed release clause of around €25 million, but Dortmund believe they can get their star man to look beyond a lucrative transfer to help them recover from a disastrous start to the season.
Watzke speaks out
Dortmund's general manager Hans-Joachim Watzke was once again asked to clarify the club's stance over Reus in an interview with Stern magazine, with the confidence in his insistence that they can persuade the German international to stay put coming as something of a surprise.
Watzke's quotes, relayed by the Express, insisted: "I believe that fundamentally Marco would love to stay here because he loves the city and he loves Borussia Dortmund."
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Dortmund ready to invest
Part of the reason for that new-found confidence stems from Dortmund attempting to grow considerably in terms of their earning potential over the next few years, helped by the Bundesliga's new TV deal and their continued presence in the Champions League.
Dortmund are adamant they're finally close to getting to a position where Klopp can be backed in the transfer market, and given the budget to persuade top players they're ambitions can be fulfilled without moving on.
"We're aiming to build revenue to around 300 million euros by 2017/18, but that excludes transfers," he added.
"That would mean we would be able to invest an additional €20 million in the team than we can now."
New injury struggles have proved a blessing in disguise for Dortmund, purely in their bid to keep Reus, but they still have a huge fight on to prove that Watzke's words can be delivered with any conviction ahead of what promises to be the biggest transfer tussle of next summer.