Liverpool are to receive a crushing blow in their hopes of making Marco Reus their new record signing with Real Madrid set to beat them to the signature of the German international.
After pocketing a fee that could eventually reach £49million for Raheem Sterling, the Reds were eager to immediately reinvest their windfall on the Borussia Dortmund ace.
Brendan Rodgers has been plotting a gargantuan £46million deal for the 26-year-old but bein Sports claim the Spanish giants Real Madrid have pipped ahead of the Reds and arch rivals Barcelona in the queue for his signature.
Reus is one of Europe’s hottest properties despite struggling with injuries last season and other top Premier League sides Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal have also been monitoring his situation.
He scored 11 goals in 29 appearances during the 2014/15 campaign and has netted nine times in 25 outings for the German national side.
Dortmund confirmed today that Reus has picked up another injury during a training session but they are not expecting a long lay-off.
Their statement read: “Marco Reus has a slight ligament problem. It’s nothing serious.”