There is no doubt that Marco Reus is one of the most wanted men in world football. The Borussia Dortmund star and German international, currently out with yet another ankle injury, has been excellent in the Bundesliga for the past several seasons.
The fact remains that he also has a release clause in his current deal of around £19.9 million, which apparently comes into affect in the summer.
That has seen foreign clubs such as Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Barcelona look keen whilst the list in the Premier League is also long.
Today however has seen the Dortmund CEO do his best to put suitors off a move for their star talent.
Hans-Joachim Watzke has told Stern magazine of his belief that Reus will stay in Westphalia, regardless of a successful bid for his services:
"I believe that fundamentally Marco would love to stay here because he loves the city and he loves Borussia Dortmund. But I'm sure the people who are interested in him moving will provide him with other arguments."
He went on to suggest that Chelsea, United, Arsenal or Liverpool would not be getting hold of him for monetary reasons either. stating:
"We're aiming to build revenue to around 300 million euros by 2017/18, but that excludes transfers. That would mean we would be able to invest an additional 20 million in the team than we can now."
Not that the latter truly matters. If any one of Chelsea, United, Arsenal or Liverpool meet the release clause Dortmund have to accept the offer and accept it they will.
Then Watzke's theory over Reus' love for Dortmund will truly be tested.