Liverpool are set to miss out on coveted Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus after German media reported the midfielder will join Bayern Munich.
Reus has been linked with a host of Premier League's leading clubs including Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea.
But the 25-year-old German, who missed the World Cup in Brazil after picking up an ankle injury in a pre-tournament warm-up match against Armenia, will spurn advances from England and join Bayern Munich instead, according to German publication TZ.
The proposed £28 million move will see Reus link up with former team-mates Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski, who both took the same path from Dortmund to Bayern.
Having already poached the two World Cup winners from rivals Dortmund , it is thought Bayern are willing to bide their time over Reus and see next summer as the best time to pounce.
Pep Guardiola is an admirer of the midfielder and sees him as an alternative to ageing stars Frank Ribery and Arjen Robben, who at 31 and 30 respectively are in the twilight years of their careers.
The move would come as a setback for Liverpool who want to add attacking impetus to their line-up following the departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona.
The Reds have been linked with Swansea's Wilfried Bony and are expected to complete the signing of 27-year-old QPR striker Loic Remy for a fee thought to be around £8.5m.
The protracted sale of Fabio Borini to Sunderland for £14m would mean Brendan Rodgers could be handed a war chest of almost £90m if managing director Ian Ayre decides to hand all of the accrued tranfer fees to the Anfield boss.
Reus' Premier League snub will also come as a disappointment to United, whose need for a midfielder became more pressing after Michael Carrick was ruled out for up to 12 weeks after undergoing ankle surgery.
Barcelona have also registered an interest in Reus after the departure of Alexis Sanchez and Cesc Fabregas, but that interest has since cooled after the signing of Suarez.