Borussia Dortmund are so desperate to stop Marco Reus leaving for just €25 million next summer that they're actively considering smashing their wage structure to hand the the wing wizard a blockbuster contract worth €10m-a-year.
Reus is without question the most coveted player in Europe at this moment in time, thanks to the pesky release clause in his current contract and a declaration of interest from bitter rivals Bayern Munich.
Premier League giants Manchester, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City would all love to persuade Reus his long-term future lies away from Germany, but Bild believe Dortmund have one last trick up their sleeve to stop Jurgen Klopp losing yet another key man when the current campaign concludes.
Dortmund deadline for deal passed last month
Dortmund have been desperately trying to tie down Reus to a lucrative new contract that gets rid of that infamous release cause, which can be activated from next summer onwards.
BVB originally set themselves a deadline of October 31st to get pen to paper on fresh terms for their star man, but Reus is still undecided on his next move and has so far decided to keep his options open.
Latest offer worth in excess of €190,000-a-week
Reus must surely be tempted by a deal that would easily make him Dortmund's highest earner and among the best-paid players in the whole of Europe, with a bumper pay packet that would amount to over €190,000-a-week.
Dortmund believe the impending arrival of a lucrative new television deal for the Bundesliga can help them foot the bill, a price worth paying to stop Bayern stealing another of the players moulded into top stars by Jurgen Klopp.
Bayern in no great rush to sign Reus
The reigning Bundesliga champions have made no secret of their desire to monitor Reus moving forward, but with Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and Mario Gotze among their embarrassment of attacking riches there's no great urgency from Bayern to come in with a concrete offer.
Formal interest from the Premier League next summer is far more likely, but could well depend on how Dortmund recover from a truly dreadful start to the Bundesliga.
Klopp's side have lost seven of their first 11 domestic matches despite maintaining a 100% record in the Champions League, which at least means the Yellow Wall will definitely lose their new darling in January under any circumstances.