German media release Marco Reus exclusive - who will bid first?

Borussia Dortmund have a fight on their hands to keep hold of Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Manchester United target Marco Reus.

Sport Bild have uncovered a transfer market exclusive with regards to the contract that Marco Reus has at Borussia Dortmund.

The talented German attacker is one of the most coveted athletes in the current summer market and is wanted by three of the biggest clubs in world soccer - Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Barcelona.

Previously, it was intimated that the player has a release clause in his contract that would be activated if any of the interested clubs were to make an offer in excess of €35 million.

However, that fee, it turns out, could be far less…

Sport Bild report that Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge talked-up the actual value of Reus's apparent get-out clause.

Has Rummenigge therefore unwittingly done Manchester United a favour? Louis van Gaal's club are, after all, desperate for a big money signing after the links to Arturo Vidal continue to fade and Juan Cuadrado appears to be over-priced.

"It is known that the player with Borussia Dortmund has a get-out clause that is €25 million," said Rummenigge to Bild.

Modern exchange rates mean Reus would cost Manchester United a mere £19.8 million - a bargain considering the sums involved in a potential Cuadrado or Vidal deal could exceed £40 million.

United boss van Gaal recently claimed that the club will continue to scour the summer market for a big signing but was put off announcing his targets to the media as the price-tag then increases exorbitantly.

Reus may well have been one of those targets…

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for MANCHESTER UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch