Borussia Dortmund winger Marco Reus has snubbed Barcelona for Real Madrid, according to Spain news outlet Marca.
The German international, who has also been linked with a move to the Premier League, could leave Dortmund with the club currently entrenched in a battle against relegation at the foot of the Bundesliga table.
And despite Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich also monitoring the situation, the winger is wary of the politics any potential move may bring and may opt for the Santiago Bernabeu in order to keep his healthy relationship with the Dortmund supporters intact.
According to the report Luis Enrique's Barcelona were one of the first to approach the in-demand player, but their transfer ban has scuppered any possible move to Catalonia.
They forked out £75 million to snare Luis Suarez from Liverpool in the summer, and have also pleaded with the player to wait a year before making a decision over his future but their cries may fall on deaf ears.
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Madrid however are keen to make him their latest Galactico signing, and have scheduled a meeting with his agent in order to secure a transfer and jump to the front of the queue in the race for his signature.
The thought of Reus in a side along with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez is frightening for the rest of the planet, with the European champions already in the midst of a 21-game winning run in all competitions.
Jurgen Klopp knows that given his club's position in the league table he may have to bid goodbye to his star asset, but is reluctant to sell yet another big name to fierce rivals Bayern.
Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski have both swapped the Signal Iduna Park for the Allianz Arena in recent years, with the relationship between the two sides even more strained after remarks made by Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge drawing attention to the player's £20 million release clause.
The player himself spoke in January of how he would never emulate his former two teammates in departing for their great enemy, which could force Bayern to turn their attentions to Liverpool's Raheem Sterling who is yet to agree a new contract with Brendan Rodgers' side.