Arsenal were on the verge of securing Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus before he suffered a serious ankle injury if this report is to be believed, forcing Arsene Wenger to look elsewhere for attacking options.
Reus was cruelly ruled out of the World Cup in Brazil after tearing ankle ligaments in June, and it appears the injury could have ruined more than just his international chances this summer with a move to north London on the cards too.
After recent rejecting a contract extension, the Dortmund star seems to be heading out of the exit door but it appears unlikely Arsenal will be interested now after shelling out for Alexis Sanchez.
Spanish journalist Kike Marin broke the news of Arsenal’s interest in activating the players buyout clause via twitter:
El #Arsenal estaba muy interesado en Reus y creo que podría haber pagado los €35 millones de su cláusula, pero su lesión lo paró todo.
— Kike Marin** (@Kike_Marin_) July 29, 2014
Which roughly translates to:
The Arsenal were very interested in Reus and I think they could have paid € 35 million of his clause, but injury stopped everything.
Reus is an excellent attacker that could have been an exciting signing. He’s more than capable of playing across the front three and has been a consistent performer for the impressive Bundesliga outfit under Jurgen Klopp.
Arsenal fans would certainty have been frustrated to hear the news had we not landed Sanchez already, however it seems to have been a smart move to avoid taking such a gamble. We need someone to join in on pre-season and have an impact at the start of the campaign.
Serious injuries can sometimes also have telling long term effects on players that they may struggle to shake. But with the technology and advanced medicine these days it’s likely that he will make a full recovery.
It appears Manchester United are in the hot seat to land the talented German.