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Report: Arsenal set sights on $30 million Marco Reus

Sep 4, 2014, 8:43 AM EDT


Arsene Wenger spent almost $100 million on two attackers this summer, but he isn’t stopping there.

According to reports in England, Arsenal want German international Marco Reus at the Emirates and the Borussia Dortmund ace could be available for as little as $30 million after this season as a buy out clause inserted into his contract kicks in.

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Reus, 25, missed the World Cup due to injury but has been linked with Liverpool, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and now Arsenal, as the forward continues to turn heads.

It seems as though plenty of top clubs in Europe will be clambering for Reus between now and May 2015, as the the attacker has refused to sign a new deal and remove the clause. Dortmund have been bitten by this before, as Mario Gotze left BVB for Bayern Munich back in 2013 after the release clause became apparent. That news came out a few days before Bayern and Dortmund were set to clash in the UEFA Champions League final at Wembley, as Gotze went to Bayern later that summer. His good friend Reus will now be in a similar situation.

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Reus can play across any position in the front three and his pace running with the ball make him an ideal target for Arsenal. He has scored 43 goals in 92 games for BVB and the way he flows in and out of wide positions, then pops up in the center, means he’d interact with Arsenal’s other attackers seamlessly.

With fellow German internationals Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker already at Arsenal, Reus may feel at home. However, there could be quite a logjam in the forward positions if he arrives. Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck, Theo Walcott, Ozil, Olivier Giroud and potentially Reus, that’s six world class attackers with only three spots open in the Gunners’ 4-3-3 formation.

Hmm, let’s see how this works. Of course, Arsenal won’t be the only team looking to tempt Reus away from Dortmund next summer but they are already planning out how they can.

  1. lordfletcher - Sep 4, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    Not sure if the rumors are true but there are reports that Real has first negotiations with him already in place with BVB set for next summer. If that’s not true Reus will still get offers from almost every team that can afford him. Arsenal will have their hands tied if trying to sign him first I think, and I’d consider them as long shots right now. If (if) Real, Bayern and Man Utd are all in to get him, I’d expect one to win that lottery.

  2. scrummymustard - Sep 4, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    Danny Welbeck and world class should never be in the same sentence.

  3. chunkala - Sep 4, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    If Reus signs with Arsenal, Giroud and Welbeck are long gone. That leaves 4 to battle over 3 positions but with a long schedule of FA, Cap1, UCL, they’ll be plenty of playing time available. I still think Sanchez is going to have a dog of a season, so he may be loaned out as well by 2015.

  4. btfoom - Sep 4, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    Sorry, but he’s going to Bayern.

    England rags can state that this team or that team ‘wants’ him, but he’s going to Bayern after this season, just like Lewa and Goetze.

    • scoochpooch - Sep 5, 2014 at 12:16 AM

      You’re probably right but how are they going to play all these guys?

  5. brewcitybummer - Sep 5, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    You can make the argument that Arsenal play a 4-1-4-1 with 5 attacking spots. Whether that’s a good idea against quality competition is another matter.

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