Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has demanded that club owner Roman Abramovich signs him Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus in January.
The Blues have therefore reportedly made the German international their number one target going into the winter transfer window.
Reus could be available for a fee well below his true value in the January window.
He has a release clause written into his contract which activates at the end of the season.
That clause will allow Reus to leave Dortmund for only £19.7 million, which is far less than he would go for on the open market.
If Dortmund want to extract maximum value for him, they will have to let him go in January.
Reports in France from Le 10 Sport are now suggesting that Mourinho has demanded his signature, telling Abramovich that he needs him as he plots a sustained title push.
With Dortmund facing relegation, a challenge for the crown would understandably appeal to Reus.
Borussia Dortmund ace Marco Reus has reportedly agreed a deal to join Real Madrid next summer, dealing a blow to both Arsenal and Manchester United.
Reus is in a unique position going into next summer.
He has a release clause in his contract which activates at the end of the season, allowing him to depart Dortmund for a set fee of £19.7 million, well below his true value.
As a result, he has been chased by a series of European giants in recent months.
Both Arsenal and Man Utd have, at times, expressed an interest in bringing him to the Premier League.
It seems, however, that they have been pipped by Champions League winners Real Madrid in the battle for the talented forward.
Reports in Spain are now suggesting that the player has agreed to a deal with the La Liga leaders, according to the Daily Star.
This will come as a further blow to Dortmund, who sit in the relegation zone in the Bundesliga.
Manchester United have made an enquiry as to the availability of Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus.
The German international is being chased by a host of Europe’s top clubs, including Premier League rivals Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool.
Champions League winners Real Madrid are also known to hold an interest in him.
Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich are also keen on Reus, and are not keen to see him leave Germany when he does move.
However, Reus is thought to be opposed to a switch there because of the political ramifications.
Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowksi’s moves to the Bavarian powerhouses caused significant consternation among Dortmund fans.
This could give Man Utd a boost, especially as they have lodged an enquiry, according to the Daily Star.
They could snap him up for only £19.7 million, due to a release clause in his contract that activates next year after the season reaches its end.