Manchester United, Liverpool and even Arsenal may have a battle on their hands as their reported interest in Germany star Marco Reus could fail to even progress to the negotiating table as Bayern Munich have reaffirmed their admiration for the Borussia Dortmund asset.
Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge continues to use the media in order to laud Reus, a player who is reportedly available for as little as €25 million - a snip of his true market value considering his effectiveness in the attacking regions of the pitch.
Rummenigge told Sport1: "We know what quality he has and we also know what clause he has.
"A young, Germany international with such quality is probably interesting for us, but I don't want to cause any ill-feeling with Dortmund," he said, of a club they have frequently targeted in the past for Robert Lewandowski and Mario Gotze.
"Our relationship with Dortmund is not good," he noted.
In recent months, Reus has also piqued the interest of Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal, according to separate reports in the Daily Star and Daily Mirror.