Borussia Dortmund executive Hans-Joachim Watzke has confirmed there is a release clause in Marco Reus’ contract at the Westfalenstadion, Sky Sports understands.
Reus, who rejoined Dortmund from Borussia Mönchengladbach in a deal worth €17.1 million in January 2012, has established himself as one of the best attackers in Europe over the past two seasons.
The Germany international, 24, has recently been linked with a big-money move away from Dortmund amid reported interest from the likes of Arsenal, Barcelona, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain.
Reus, whose current deal expires in the summer of 2017, is the only Dortmund player with a buyout clause in his current contract, according to Watzke.
“Marco Reus possesses a release clause option in his current contract at our club,” Watzke told SPORT1media. “He could leave our club due to that.
“He is, however, the only player in our first-team squad that has such a contract clause.”
Meanwhile, Dortmund are reportedly willing to offer Reus a bumper-deal in an attempt to remove the aforementioned clause, and rightfully so.
Meyer committed to Schalke
FC Schalke 04 midfielder Maximilian Meyer is flattered by speculation linking him with a move to Chelsea, but insists he wants to put pen to paper on a new deal with Die Königsblauen.
According to reports, Chelsea are preparing a €15 million swoop for Meyer in the January transfer window, but Schalke general manager Horst Heldt has revealed the Blues have yet to make an official approach for the highly-rated starlet.
The Germany youth international, 18, has netted four goals and one assist in 13 first-team appearances for Schalke 04 this term.
“There is no official offer from Chelsea,” said Meyer. “But I have heard about their interest.
“It delights me that there is so much interest in me.
When asked about the Blues’ interest, Meyer added: “I’ve only read about it in the papers and I am the wrong person to talk to about it. My agent takes care of it.”
Moreover, Meyer and his agent Thorsten Weck have played down speculation linking the 18-year-old ace with a move away from the Veltins-Arena.
“I feel great here at Schalke, I get a lot of trust from the coach and the board.
“I am under contract until 2017. We are having good talks, and I hope we can reach an agreement soon — I think this year.”
In other news, Schalke No. 10 Julian Draxler — who turned down ‘offers’ from England in the summer — continues to be the subject of reported interest from a host of Europe’s top clubs.