Bayern Munich have been doing their best to stir the pot when it comes to the future of Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus – a player also said to be of great interest to Manchester United.
The Germany international is among the most sought-after talents in European football, and Bayern have decided that, by hook or by crook, they intend to be at the front of the transfer queue.
CEO at the Allianz Arena, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, revealed in August that there is a clause in Reus’ contract which will be activated in 2015 which will make him available for just 25 million euros (£19.5m) – not that he is looking to cause trouble, of course.
He told Sport Bild: "We know that he has a lot of quality. And we know his clause. For us a young German national player of such quality is interesting. But I do not want to make unrest in Dortmund."
Are Bayern leading the chase, though?
Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann, who spent five years in Bavaria during his playing days, suggests not.
He believes the reigning Bundesliga champions are making a lot of noise in an effort to destabilise the situation, force potential rivals to reconsider their options and make it appear as though they are the most logical choice for a man who has spent his entire career to date in his homeland.
Hamann told Sky Deutschland: “The way Bayern Munich are behaving in the case of Marco Reus at this point in time, they surely know they are not leading the queue of clubs. That’s why they are keen to start rumours and do all these interviews.
“Marco Reus did not join them the first time (when he left Borussia Monchengladbach in 2012) and I do not believe he is out to join them second time around. I would be surprised to see him play for Bayern Munich next season.”
If Hamann is to be believed, then there are likely to be a few Premier League chairmen licking their lips and preparing to dust off their cheque books.
Reus is so highly-rated for a reason, and the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool do not waste their time and money scouting any old player.
They would all be able to fund a move for the 25-year-old if the figures being reported prove to be correct, and a serious scramble for his signature could be sparked if a formal approach is made.
Fate may also be smiling on the English heavyweights, with Bayern possibly talking themselves out of contention and Dortmund’s domestic form – which sees them sat second from bottom in the Bundesliga with seven defeats suffered in 10 outings – suggesting that they may struggle to keep hold of a player deserving of the grandest of stages on which to showcase his talent.