Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola has attempted to draw a line under speculation his side are planning to meet the much-discussed €25m release clause of Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus.
Premier League trio Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal are all thought to be tracking the 25-year-old and were put on red alert by a cheeky admission from Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who revealed last week that the buy-out clause in his current Dortmund contract is significantly lower than first thought.
Guardiola won't be raiding Bayern's bitter Bundesliga rivals for another marquee signing just yet though, declaring himself more than happy with a star-studded squad which includes a quite frightening collection of attacking talent.
Bayern bid off the table
In his pre-match press conference for today's DFL Supercup clash between the two Bundesliga giants Guardiola is quoted by the Daily Star as insisting: "We have eight strikers – too many.
"I do not need new players. I am delighted with this squad."
Guardiola is more than content with a strikeforce bolstered by Robert Lewandowski during the close season, with the former Dortmund talisman arriving to replace Mario Mandzukic and quite outrageously given his immense talent on a free transfer to boot.
Reus won't be joining him any time soon though, which despite Dortmund being adamant he won't sold has reportedly led clubs across Europe to believe they have a chance of completing a quite sensational summer swoop.
Where would Reus go?
There is no question that Man United and Liverpool in particular would love to sign Reus if there's any truth to Rummenigge's claims, with the transfer budget to match those ambitions.
Liverpool have already got the vast majority of their transfer business done and dusted though, with the likes of Lazar Markovic, Adam Lallana and Raheem Sterling all playing in roles Reus would hope to make his own if he did move on.
United meanwhile are much like Arsenal in that defensive additions remain the priority rather than extra exciting attacking talent, so Reus would be a luxury purchase to say the very least.
Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has been at pains to insist Reus and new club captain Mats Hummels will be going nowhere before the transfer window slams shut, but has previously failed to persuade Lewandowski and Mario Gotze to stick with Dortmund's project for the long-term.
Reus faces a similar dilemma when considering his future, with Dortmund probably desperate for the window to close quickly so top clubs across the continent can stop courting their best forward in a relative cut-price deal.
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