Liverpool are ready to make a major move in order to steal Marco Reus from the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea - by offering him a club record contract worth a staggering £200,000-per-week.
That would easily make him the Anfield-based club's highest earner, and would be a massive increase from the £60,000-per-week he currently earns with Borussia Dortmund.
Plenty of the biggest clubs from across Europe have been linked with a swoop for Reus, who is considered to be one of the biggest young talents on the continent. He helped Dortmund reach the Champions League final in 2013 and has repeatedly pledged his future to his club - but that hasn't stopped speculation about his future.
That's mainly because it was revealed that he has a release clause worth around €25 million written into his contract that becomes active from next year - a bargain for a player of his ability.
Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool are all desperate to land the 25-year-old, most likely at the end of the current campaign, while Bayern Munich have also been linked.
However it seems as though Liverpool are the most keen on him at the moment, and having been heavily linked with the German international in the past now look set to firm up their interest.
According to the Express, Liverpool chiefs have given manager Brendan Rodgers the green light to make a move, and will back him by offering terms worth an astonishing £200,000-per-week contract.
That would easily make him the highest earner at Anfield, putting him streets ahead of captain Steven Gerrard who is reported to take home around £140,000-per-week. Previously Luis Suarez was the top earner at Liverpool but his summer switch meant the 34-year-old is at the top of the pile - at least until Reus' potential arrival.
Of course they will face fierce opposition in the race for Reus - Manchester United have been linked with him for quite some time now. New Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has already spent big and is expected to continue that next year, and will likely view Reus as a top target.
Chelsea meanwhile certainly have the cash to match any offer made by Liverpool, and Reus' age will only make him a more attractive proposition. Manchester City and Barcelona may also throw their hat into the ring at some point.
The likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea will be boosted by reports suggesting that Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp has already identified Javier Pastore as his replacement.
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