Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke has admitted the club's sought-after attacking winger Marco Reus could leave Signal Iduna Park.
The Germany international is wanted by a host of top European clubs - including Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Real Madrid - and while Watzke hopes the player stays put with struggling BVB, he admits the club would need to "accept" it if the situation changes.
It was reported last month that Real Madrid had agreed a five-year contract with Real Madrid - but 24 days after those initial rumours surfaced, neither Borussia Dortmund nor the reigning European champions have confirmed an agreement.
Dortmund struggling in Bundesliga
Reus has spent the last two months on the sidelines with an ankle injury - and has subsequently been powerless to prevent Dortmund's alarming slide towards the bottom of the Bundesliga table.
Jurgen Klopp's side find themselves joint-bottom of the table, having picked up just four wins from their opening 17 league fixtures. The 2013 Champions League finalists' dire form has sparked speculation that several of their key players could leave the club this year - including Reus.
Article continues below
Watzke: Reus could leave
"I can understand Marco," Watzke told reporters. "He first wants to play again and then he wants to see which direction to take.
"I have a legitimate hope that he will stay for the long term. If not, it is something we will have to accept."
Reus - One of Europe's best
Reus, 25, has established his status as one of Europe's best players since joining Dortmund from Borussia Mönchengladbach in 2012.
He scored 19 goals in 47 appearances in his first season with BVB - helping the club reach the Champions League final in the process - and netted 23 goals in 43 matches last term.
Reus looked set to enjoy a similarly prolific campaign this season before his untimely injury. The winger had scored five goals from nine games in all competitions after returning to action following the ankle ligament injury which ruled him out of the World Cup finals in Brazil.
With Dortmund unlikely to qualify for next season's Champions League campaign - for the time being they remain fully focused on hauling themselves out of the relegation zone - Reus may view the next few weeks as the perfect opportunity to secure a lucrative contract with one of the world's best clubs.
Where will Marco Reus be playing his football from February onwards? Have your say in the comments section below.