Real Madrid have agreed a five-year contract with Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus, according to El Confidencial.
The Germany international is one of the most wanted footballers in European football at the moment as a clause in his current contract will allow him to leave Dortmund for just £20 million this summer.
Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke only confirmed this week that the Bundesliga outfit are going to struggle to keep him at the club beyond the current season and it appears he was right.
Agreement in place
The Spanish newspaper has claimed that Real Madrid president agreed to meet Reus' impending release clause and entered talks with the player over the New Year. Intensive meetings between Reus' representatives and Bernabeu officials saw a five-year deal worth over £100,000-a-week.
Reus is already learning Spanish and has been in contact with current Real Madrid players Toni Kroos and Sami Khedira about a his impending move. Reus will earn an almost identical amount to Kroos, who himself only joined Real Madrid last summer.
Bale future in doubt
Carlo Ancelotti is ready to welcome Reus into his squad, where is versatility in attack and ability to provide goals as well as score them is expected to work well with Karim Benzema.
If true, it would leave Gareth Bale's future up in the air. A report last week suggested that Real Madrid would agree to sell the Welshman to Manchester United if they seal a deal for Reus. It would still take a world-record offer, but Louis van Gaal seems willing to pay.
Premier League snubbed
Manchester United's interest in Bale could intensify now Reus' future has apparently been decided. The Red Devils were one of a number of clubs chasing the 25-year-old along with Chelsea and Arsenal.
Jose Mourinho was reportedly considering a swap deal with the unwanted Andre Schurrle in order to tempt Jurgen Klopp into a sale. Arsenal had been on the heels of the German for a while with Arsene Wenger reportedly agreeing a deal to sign him before an ankle ligament injury forced the Frenchman to cancel the deal.