Sport Bild have talked up the possibility of Marco Reus not just leaving Borussia Dortmund, but the Bundesliga as a whole amid continued interest in the German attacker from Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United.
As previously reported by the same publication, Reus - who has a transfermarkt.co.uk valuation of £44 million - could be available for purchase for a price even lower than had first been thought.
Initially, a contractual release clause could supposedly have been triggered had a £28 million (€35 million) fee been offered to Borussia Dortmund, however, Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heniz Rummenigge provoked a negative reaction from BvB when he explained the true cost of the escape clause is far lower… at £20 million (€25 million).
Exit talk temporarily halted, though, when it was confirmed that Reus - a set-piece specialist - was appointed the vice-captaincy at Westfalenstadion.
The British media expressed a seemingly likely scenario where interest from clubs like Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United may have stagnated as a result, however, Bild will have ramped up the speculation once more by underlining certain points.
- "For months, Borussia Dortmund have attempted to convince Reus to buy out the clause themselves," says the publication, before noting that the player's pay, €4.5 million per annum (approximately £70,000 per week), is not handsome enough to convince Reus to remain with BvB. Dortmund "are ready to give Reus a pay-rise - to €6 million, but that is hardly enough."
- Reus shares the same agency - Sport Total - as Mario Gotze and Toni Kroos, both of whom departed Dortmund and Bayern Munich in consecutive summers, for £30 million and £25 million, respectively. Bild say: "Both now earn double digit million amounts per season… Reus naturally knows this."
This is, of course, good news for all interested clubs, Premier League sides Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United included.
Considering Reus can be bought for less than half his true market value, it stands to logic that any club who could naturally afford his true value, could stand to offer a large pay packet in order to convince him - and Sport Total - to join their club over any others. Or, indeed, over staying with Dortmund.