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.
Reus — 11/5 to score at anytime against Italy at the San Siro on Friday — has tallied 10 goals and five assists in 19 competitive appearances for BVB this season.
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.