Real Madrid could offer Sami Khedira to Borussia Dortmund in order to win the race for German starlet Marco Reus, according to a report in Le 10 Sport,
The Spanish giants, who are currently training in Morocco ahead of the Club World Cup, are keen to fend off interest from Bayern Munich and Manchester United to sign the talented winger who could be on the move as soon as January.
And although Bayern are widely considered to be the frontrunners in the hunt for his signature, selling Khedira to Jurgen Klopp's side could swing the pendulum Madrid's way.
Reus has developed into one of the finest players on the planet and may leave Dortmund with the club currently entrenched in a Bundesliga relegation battle. He has been linked with a host of Premier League clubs, including Manchester United.
Since arriving from Borussia Monchengladbach in the summer of 2012 he has been a key part of Klopp's side, and scored 19 goals in 47 appearances to help the club reach the final of the Champions League in his first season.
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He bettered that goal tally by netting 23 times in 47 games last term, but was forced to miss out on a place in the Germany World Cup squad after injury brought his season to a premature end.
Injury has also hampered his progress this season, and he is currently sidelined until the New Year with a fresh ankle injury sustained during a draw with minnows Paderborn last month.
Khedira is widely expected to leave Madrid after falling down the pecking order following the summer arrival of Toni Kroos from Bayern Munich, and may move to Dortmund in order to secure first team football away from the Spanish capital.
The 27-year-old has been repeatedly linked with a move to the Premier League, but Madrid would instead prefer him to join the Bundesliga side in order to convince them to allow Reus to move to the Santiago Bernabeu in return.
He is free to agree a pre-contract with another club in the New Year, but if a move back to his homeland fails to materialise may have to wait until the summer to depart on a free transfer.
Although Pep Guardiola is keen to raid the club for yet another key player, Klopp may have the last say in where his player decides to go.
Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski have both swapped the Signal Iduna Park for the Allianz arena in recent years, and seeing a third superstar join their bitter rivals could prove a fatal blow in their bid to stay in the top flight.
Reus has a buy-out clause of £20 million, and it seems a matter of when and not if the 25-year-old leaves in the foreseeable future.