Liverpool are in pole position to sign Borussia Dortmund's world-class winger Marco Reus after the Bundesliga outfit moved for PSG outcast Javier Pastore, reports Metro.
Reus has been strongly linked with a number of Premier League clubs in the last few weeks as his infamous £20 million release clause prepares to activate next summer. With a chance to get a higher fee in January, Borussia Dortmund are ready to cash in during the January transfer window.
In anticipation of the 25-year-old departing, Borussia Dortmund are already working on a deal to sign a top replacement in the form of Pastore. Negotiations between Dortmund and PSG officials are already underway, leaving Liverpool free to sign Reus.
Pastore is out-of-favour at Parc des Princes and was strongly linked with a move away in the summer. Ironically, Liverpool appeared to be one of the frontrunners for the Argentinian before Reus came to prominence.
Reus has certainly grown into a world-class winger under Jurgen Klopp and was helped massively by the departure of Mario Gotze in 2013. Reus scored an impressive 23 goals in all competitions for Dortmund last season and assisted 17.
He was tipped to be a star at the World Cup but was cruelly ruled out after sustaining ankle ligament damage in Germany's final warm up game. They got on alright without him nonetheless.
With contract talks stalling and the release clause becoming active, a number of Premier League clubs are chasing his signature alongside Brendan Rodgers.
Arsenal have featured prominently in the transfer saga with Arsene Wenger keen to add more quality to his attacking line up. Some reports had earmarked the Gunners as favourites while other reports suggested a deal to take Reus to the Emirates was as good as done before he was injured.
Wenger went on to sign Alexis Sanchez for Barcelona so his interest in Reus may have waned significantly since then.
Liverpool's main rivals in this transfer battle comes from Manchester with both United and City interested. Louis van Gaal may not be able to offer Champions League football, but significant funds and a world-class line-up makes a move to Old Trafford an attractive proposition.
Meanwhile Manuel Pellegrini can offer everything Manchester United can, plus a higher guarantee of silverware. City's interest seems to have emerged in just the last few days, as this saga appears to be coming to a climax.
Both Barcelona and Real Madrid have also been linked with a move for Reus with reports suggesting his preferred destination is the Bernabeu. With a transfer ban looming over their heads, Barcelona are set to miss out on this transfer battle and Carlo Ancelotti may be able to take full advantage.