Following Mesut Ozil’s seamless arrival, Wenger fancies adding another German world beater…
Arsenal are ready to pay the £34m buy-out-clause in Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus’s contract, but face heavy competition from Manchester City for his signature, reports the Daily Star.
The 24-year-old has shone for last season’s Bundesliga and Champions League runners up since his arrival from Borussia Monchengladbach last summer.
Arsenal and City both feel his £34m release clause is worth paying, as Dortmund would be unlikely to entertain an offer less than that following his 19 goal season.
After selling Mario Gotze to Bayern Munich this summer, and with star striker Robert Lewandowski joining the Bavarian club next June on a free transfer, Dortmund will be absolutely desperate to keep hold of another one of their stars.
Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke reckons Reus would turn down the advances of a Premier League giant if they met his release clause anyway.
“He has an even closer relationship with the club and the city than Mario Gotze did and I expect him to stay,” said Watzke.
“Marco was born here, his family live here and his whole life has always been based here. He knows that BVB is the perfect place for him. I am sure of that.”
Reus has previously declared his admiration for Arsenal players and the club however, and the collection of German players already at the Emirates could tempt him to make the brave move.
“My idol was always Tomas Rosicky [who played at Dortmund for five years before joining Arsenal in 2006]. He used to be phenomenal,” said Reus about the Gunners Czech midfielder.
“I copied everything about him – right down to his sweatbands. He was so unlucky he had bad injuries at Arsenal because, otherwise, he would be one of the world’s best players.”
The young German also lavished praise on Jack Wilshere, describing him as, “a perfect player”.
“Boy, he’s He’s so quick and skilful with the ball at his feet,” Reus added.
The combination of Reus, Ozil and one of Cazorla, Ramsey or Walcott behind a goal-scoring Giroud will undoubtedly strike fear into Premier League defences, and would provide a new spark into the Gunners’ title push this season.