Manchester City have emerged as the most likely Premier League club to sign Marco Reus after edging ahead of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United in the race for the Borussia Dortmund star's signature.
The 25-year-old forward has attracted widespread interest from a host of top European clubs after it emerged that he has a £20 million buyout clause written into his contract that comes into play when the transfer window reopens next summer.
And, according to the Daily Express, Manuel Pellegrini has made an official enquiry for the Germany international giving the clearest indication yet that the Chilean wants him at the Etihad Stadium.
The Citizens boss will face stiff competition for Reus's signature, though, with Arsene Wenger, Brendan Rodgers and Louis van Gaal all mooted as admirers of the player as well.
A move to England certainly looks like a serious possibility, but it's unclear at this stage whether the Etihad, Emirates, Anfield or Old Trafford will be his next destination.
Reus is now widely regarded as one of the most highly-rated players on the continent and racked up 23 goals and 18 assists for Dortmund last season. However, he was denied the opportunity to showcase his talent on the biggest stage of all after suffering an untimely injury in the build-up to the World Cup in Brazil.
The playmaker recovered in time for pre-season with Jurgen Klopp's side but suffered another setback when he picked up an ankle ligament injury during Germany's European Championship qualifying victory over Scotland last month.
He is still currently sidelined with that injury, but despite doubts regarding his long-term fitness the interest in Reus has not subsided, with a number of suitors remaining keen on recruiting the player in 2015.
Reus still has two-and-a-half years to run on his existing deal at the Westfalenstadion but the presence of that forthcoming release clause looks set to force an early exit.
Dortmund fans are the one that deserve sympathy having seen a number of their leading stars picked off by richer clubs over the past few years, with Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski two recent examples of raids by domestic rivals Bayern Munich.
Pep Guardiola has also been keeping tabs on Reus's contractual situation at Signal Iduna Park, and it's the Bavarian club that is favourites with the bookies to eventually snare his services.
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