According to the Daily Star, Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus is set to become Manchester City’s priority transfer target as the club already begins to look towards next season.
This approach will put them in direct opposition with Arsenal, as Arsene Wenger's side continue to be heavily linked with the German international, who missed the summer World Cup through injury.
Below we look at three key questions this latest news creates as well as initial reaction on Twitter.
Is Manchester the better destination?
Both Arsenal and City boast a wealth of talented attacking options, but it could be argued that the Manchester outfit are in lesser need of his services. Reus would become one-of-many world class players at the Etihad, whereas I feel he would receive star treatment under Arsene Wenger.
Neither side is in desperate need of a players in the German's position, it's just a case of whether or not he represents a significant improvement on the club's current options.
Is he an upgrade?
Having netted 16 goals last season, Reus is leagues above Manuel Pellegrini's current options in terms of his scoring prowess. David Silva and Samir Nasri proved his closest challengers, bagging seven strikes each. He also demonstrated his creative abilities, averaging three key passes a match; a figure only bettered by Silva.
Reus's ability to take on opposition defenders is unrivalled (2.7 successful dribbles per 90), while he is also adept when it comes to challenging for the ball in the air (0.77 aerial duels won per 90). In terms of all-round ability it's hard to find a better player.
The German is highly regarded as one of the best attackers in world football, and despite the wealth of talent already on the books at the Etihad, he would be a significant coup.
How much is he worth?
Reus has a buy-out clause in his contract which can be activated by any offer above £25 million from next summer onwards. After staying within their spending cap of £49.9m for the last window, and following the departure of Alvaro Negredo, the club may see their spending restrictions lifted by UEFA.
Pellegrini could mark the end of his side's financial restrictions by making a move for the German golden-boy. After all, he's worth a lot more than £25 million - his buy-out clause is just a snip of the price he would otherwise sell for.
Here’s some initial reaction from Manchester City fans.
Marco Reus to Man City will make me feel better about missing out on Falcao and losing Negredo.— Jody. (@JodyMCFC) September 6, 2014
If City land Marco Reus I think I will die with happiness. Such a talent. And German. Oh I love my self a German.— Sammy C (@Mossy133) September 7, 2014
So Marco Reus is being chased by Arsenal, United and City? He better start looking at houses in Manchester then— James Mahon (@MrJamesMahon) September 7, 2014
Reus to city for the summer. Hope this deal goes through— Syazrin Senin (@SyazrinS) September 7, 2014
@MCFC Reus will never end up in City. I can guarantee you that.— Adit Maniktala (@AditManiktala) September 7, 2014