Adam Ljajic has been lined up a potential replacement for Marco Reus, if the German international does complete a move to Liverpool or Manchester United this summer, according to reports in Italy.
Reus has established himself as one of the world’s finest players in recent times after a sustained period of excellent in the Bundesliga.
And this summer interest in his services has peaked, with United and Liverpool going head-to-head to battle it out for his signature.
Dortmund are understood to be determined to keep hold of Reus, who they consider one of their most important players, but they have been set-back by his refusal to sign a new deal, which was offered to him last week.
That doesn’t mean that he is necessarily due to move as his contract does not expire until 2017, but his failure to commit his future for longer has worried the Bundesliga runners-up from last season.
They are now making contingency plans and appear to have targeted Roma winger, Ljajic, to replace Reus if he does depart.
The fleet-footed Serbian, who would have joined Manchester United in 2010 were it not for a Work Permit problem, was a relative regular in Roma’s line-up last season, making 28 appearances whilst scoring six times and he is considered to be one of the finest young prospects in world football.
His talent hasn’t gone unnoticed, though, and Dortmund will reportedly face competition from Bundesliga rivals Schalke for his signature.
If he is brought in by Dortmund money will be no issue as Reus has a £50 million price-tag over his head, as they look to scare clubs off the 25-year-old.
United seemingly have the cash to match the requisite fee, but whether Louis van Gaal considers Reus an important enough addition to spend that much on is another question.
Liverpool, too, are not struggling for funds after their sale of Luis Suarez and the signing of Reus would really announce their intentions.
The Reds have been busy strengthening their squad so far this summer, but have not made any truly marquee additions and bringing in Reus would certainly increase the anticipation for the new season at Anfield.