Germany international Marco Reus is prepared to resist a move away from Borussia Dortmund this January in order to move to Spanish giants Barcelona, according to the latest reports emerging from Spain.
The Catalan club, just entering a two-window transfer ban, would be unable to sign Reus for a further 12-months, but the Daily Express' Ben Jefferson says Barca are the player's preferred destination.
[Reus' form] has led to speculation that Reus could be heading for the exit in January if someone meets his £19.5m release clause.
But reports in Spain suggest that Reus has no intention of leaving Dortmund either in January or the summer as he has his heart set on a move to Barcelona.
Reus believed he was headed to the Camp Nou last summer, only for Barca's signing of Luis Suarez to scupper a deal. But he remains optimistic the Catalan outfit will come back in for him as soon as their transfer embargo - which is in place for the next two transfer windows - comes to an end.
It would be a major surprise if the player was so set on a move to Barcelona that he would reject all other moves and hold firm for a full year just to fulfil those wishes.
If Barcelona were that keen on securing him long-term, they could easily have signed both he and Luis Suarez this summer in anticipation of their transfer ban. Their decision to opt for Suarez alone would suggest they were not quite so sold on Reus.
It is important in such cases to question whether Spanish media would have better access than their German counterparts when it comes to learning the player's long-term intentions. It is not uncommon for such stories to emerge in the Barcelona-friendly press only for nothing to ever come of them.
Reus would have to be considered unlikely to leave Dortmund in January given their progression in the Champions League and Bundesliga woes. The club's season must still be rescued and, as such, it is difficult to see them allowing a key player to move on.
In the summer, however, it would be difficult for the player to resist large offers from his purported suitors in England in the hope that Barcelona one day return with a new bid. Among those Jefferson mentions as being interested are Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool.
Dortmund's domestic rivals Bayern Munich would also be interested in procuring the player were he to become available, as reported by the Daily Mail's Ralph Ellis.
After his goal in the Champions League this week, Reus created headlines for his unusual sequence of recent goal celebrations. He has since denied their relation to recent transfer rumours, as reported by the Mirror's Lee Thomas-Mason:
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Marco Reus completed his epic Monkey Emojis Trilogy after scoring last night. 🙈🙊🙉! Pictures: http://t.co/c5lSuMAqOQ http://t.co/7llEgd2FDd2014-11-5 10:20:05
Barcelona fans would doubtless love to see the player arrive at Camp Nou, but any deal would seem a distant proposition for the time being.
A much more likely transfer to take place, however, is that of full-back Adriano who is linked with a move away from Barcelona to Roma by Italian journalist Gianluca di Marzio.
The former Sevilla player has featured just twice in La Liga for Luis Enrique's side this campaign, with Spaniard Jordi Alba the undisputed first-choice at left-back and Jeremy Mathieu also able to fill in.
With a wealth of top-level experience, Adriano would be a potentially useful signing for the Serie A giants and his possession of an EU passport would facilitate such a move.
A loyal servant to Barcelona over recent seasons, the 30-year-old now appears to need to move to secure regular playing time in these later years of his career.