Liverpool owner John W. Henry may have accidentally revealed that he is looking to sign Manchester United and Arsenal target Marco Reus.
The Borussia Dortmund forward is amongst the most coveted players in Europe, but could be available on the cheap thanks to a £20 million release clause in his contract that becomes active as of next year.
That is likely to spark a transfer battle between some of the biggest clubs in Europe, with Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal all in the hunt.
However Liverpool may have inadvertently shown their hand too early, with Henry tweeting about the German star last night.
He wrote: "Oh and sign Reus" on his account which has more than two million followers. It is not known whether he sent the tweet on purpose, however the phrasing of the message suggests it may have been, although it hasn't been deleted.
If that is the case Liverpool will be cursing their luck, while the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal will be stepping up their preparations ahead of the summer window.
Reus didn't feature in Dortmund's Champions League win over Arsenal on Tuesday because of injury but has been instrumental in the club's European success in recent seasons. They made the Champions League final in 2013 only to fall at the final hurdle against rivals Bayern Munich, who also happen to be keen on signing the 25-year-old.
Indeed it was Bayern chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge who revealed the fact that Reus had a release clause in his contract in the first place - which infuriated Dortmund, who will be hoping that the forwards affinity towards the club and in particular boss Jurgen Klopp will be enough to convince him to stay put and sign a new contract sooner rather than later.
However Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool will be putting the pressure on in the hope of forcing a deal, perhaps above the release clause sum before that happens.
Manchester United recently sold Shinji Kagawa back to Dortmund for a cut price figure which may stand them in good stead, while Arsenal have a strong contingent of German players which may appeal to Reus.
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