Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has admitted that the club can't compete with Europe's biggest teams as they look to hold onto star duo Marco Reus and Mats Hummels.
The Express have reported that Watzke's comments have ultimately put the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea on alert as they attempt to bring the German stars to the Premier League.
Watzke, then, has revealed that a number of Dortmund stars have sacrificed huge wages in order to remain at the German outfit, but it remains to be seen as to whether the elite clubs in Europe swoop in for their stars in 2015.
The Dortmund CEO said: "There are players here at Dortmund who are happy to play for 20 per cent less money.
"But that's not the case when we're talking about 50 per cent less money."
And he's personally hit out at Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich and Spanish giants Real Madrid, suggesting the duo want all of their players.
"And that's where Real Madrid and Bayern Munich enter the fray. It's like they want all of our players ..."
The trio of Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea, then, all appear to be monitoring the players' situation in Germany. They won't come cheap, however, with reports indicating that Hummels could cost around £32 million, with Arsenal also credited with interest in the player's signature. Reus, on the other hand, reportedly has a buy-out clause of £20m, which looks a bargain in this current market.
Manchester United - under the Louis van Gaal regime - certainly haven't been afraid to splash the cash, so they may well swoop for the duo in 2015. The Red Devils appear to be in need of defensive improvement, and Hummels would add vital experience to their back-line.
Liverpool, on the other hand, are struggling to replicate form of last season, so may look for a boost in the next transfer window, whilst Blues boss Jose Mourinho is putting together quite the side at Stamford Bridge.
It's not surprising that some of England's elite clubs are paying close attention to the German stars, and we may well see them in the Premier League sooner rather than later.
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