Reports this morning have suggested that Manchester City are ready to offer Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus a contract worth £200,000 per week.
The German midfielder is thought to be at the centre of a tug of war between City and German giants Bayern Munich, with Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United among the teams thought to be interested in signing him.
If the reports of a £200k contract are accurate then it effectively narrows the playing field with United arguably the best placed side to compete against that sort of offer.
Both Arsenal and Liverpool have socialist policies when it comes to wages for key players and while they could both pay £200,000 per week to a player like Reus, it would contradict the way the wage structure is setup at each club.
Manchester United on the other hand, already have two players earning around the £300,000 per week bracket in the form of strikers Wayne Rooney and Radamel Falcao.
United’s commercial network around the world allows them to compete financially in this sort of instance though there is pressure on the club to secure Champions League football, which will be a factor if Reus decides to turn his back on BVB, who he’s supported since childhood.
Bundesliga expert Jan Aage Fjortoft has ruled out the possibility of any deal for Reus happening this winter, which throws the focus onto next summer and a lot can change between now and that point.
Arsenal and Liverpool could still both make good offers for Reus but if it comes down to a battle over numbers between him, his representatives and Borussia Dortmund then City, United and Bayern Munich stand the best chance of pulling off a deal.
Reus is one of the most sought after players in Europe at the moment due to his impact with both BVB and Germany and because of that any side looking to snap him up is going to have to make an unbelievable offer because of his loyalty to Dortmund.