Bayern Munich president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has admitted that the German champions are mulling over a move for highly regarded Borussia Dortmund winger Marco Reus.
The Germany international has a reported by-out clause of €35 million, with Bayern one of several clubs interested in signing the 25-year-old.
Although Reus has just over three years left on his current contract at Dortmund, the Bavarian giants are eyeing up the left-sided midfielder as a perfect replacement for the ageing Franck Ribery.
It was been reported that Bayern have already made contact with Borussia regarding a potential transfer.
Indeed, if the Bavarian giants were to beat the likes of Barcelona, Manchester United and Liverpool for the signature of the 25 year old, Reus would become the third Dortmund player to have joined Bayern in two years.
“I must be open with you and tell you that we will be quietly discussing a move (for Reus) before we make up our decision." - Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
This comes after midfielder Mario Gotze and striker Robert Lewandowski ditched yellow for red in order to join Pep Guardiola’s Bavarian revolution.
The 2013 Champions League winners have long had a history of signing the most promising players in the Bundesliga, with the allure of intrinsic and extrinsic factors often too good to turn down.
However, even though the prospect of money and seasonal silverware convinced both Gotze and Lewandowski to join Bayern, Rummenigge believes that Reus will have to want the move himself.
Despite this, the 59 year old President is confident that Bayern are in a good position to sign the German international.
Speaking ahead of Bayern Munich’s Champions League showdown away to AS Roma, Rummenigge told German newspaper Bild: “I must be open with you and tell you that we will be quietly discussing a move (for Reus) before we make up our decision.
“However at the end of the day the player must also want to come to us. Everyone knows about the buy-out clause. At the moment I do not want to say anymore.”
News of Reus’ imminent move to Bayern has however not gone down to well with opposing president, Hans-Joachim Watzke, who believes that the 2013 Champions League winners are playing with fire.
The 55-year-old, feels that Rummenigge is showing a lack of respect having also signed two of their best players in recent years.
Watzke also believes that Bayern’s constant prodding and probing will also lead to an increase in tensions between the two clubs who already share a hostile rivalry.
Before the start of the season the angry Borussia Dortmund President also told Bild: “Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is using his strength and buying power to further damage the relationship between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich.”
One person who is equally as desperate as Rummenigge for Bayern to sign Reus is the 25 year olds former Borussia Dortmund team-mate, Mario Götze.
The two attacking midfielder’s formed the crux of a powerful Dortmund side who won back to back Bundesliga titles in both 2011, and 2012 at the expense of Bayern.
Götze who scored the winning goal in Germany’s World Cup final victory over Argentina last summer could not hold back his excitement when he was told that his employers were considering making a move for Reus.
The 22 year old also told Bild: “I get along really well with Marco. I would be really happy if he would come here.”
Although Bayern are keen on signing Reus, it is unlikely that a move will be completed until summer 2015 at the earliest.