Jack Beresford offers up three midfielders who have the potential to replicate the Borussia Dortmund star and are available at cut-rate transfer fees.
Another week brings another big-money transfer rumour involving Manchester City with the Premier League champions currently linked with a move for Bundesliga hotshot and Borussia Dortmund favourite Marco Reus.
But would those behind the scenes at City be better served by doing a little homework to undercover the next Reus to emerge from the German top-flight.
Well the good news is that they don’t have to – here are three potentially lower cost Bundesliga-based alternatives to the Germany international.
Max Kruse – Borussia Monchengladbach
Though a year older than Reus, Kruse possesses all the necessary qualities to ape the blonde-bombshell, having moved to Gladbach in the summer of 2013 after impressing with previous clubs St Pauli and Freiburg, racking up 12 goals in all competitions during his single season with the latter.
An excellent dribbler who is equally adept at crossing the ball as he is shooting Kruse can operate as either a striker or attacking midfielder, boasts a fine passing range and is a dead-ball specialist. Capped six times already by Germany, he could also prove a snip in the transfer market for City.
Take a look at Kruse's highlights from last term:
Karim Bellarabi – Bayer Leverkusen
The undoubted star in a stuttering start to the season for Leverkusen, Bellarabi made Bundesliga headlines when scoring the fastest goal in the history of the division against Dortmund after just nine seconds of play on the opening weekend of the season.
Brought into the first-team fold after impressing while out on loan with Eintracht Braunschweig last season, the 24-year-old Berliner plies his trade on the wing, where his fine dribbling abilities and penchant for shooting has seen him score three goals and provide three assists for Leverkusen.
Check out Bellarabi's record-breaking Bundesliga goal:
Jonas Hofmann – Mainz (on loan from Borussia Dortmund)
A versatile attacking midfielder, capable of playing on either flank, Hofmann has started brightly at Mainz 05 having been loaned to the club by Dortmund. Two goals in five appearances for the club this term tells its own story for the man many thought could replace Reus at the Westfalenstadion.
Potentially deadly from dead ball situations, Hofmann comes alive in the final third and boasts a keen eye for goal having emerged from his shell to star for the unfashionable Bundesliga club. Capped by Germany at under-21 level, he already has four goals in seven games for the junior Mannschaft side.
Here are some of Hofmann's best bits for Borussia Dortmund: