Arsenal are reportedly ready to revive their interest in Manchester United target Marco Reus after holding positive talks with the star earlier this summer, according to reports in the Express.
The German international is regarded as one of the best attackers in Europe after two excellent seasons at Dortmund, but his future at the Westfalenstadion is uncertain due to a buy-out clause in his contract which kicks in next summer that will allow him to leave for just £20 million.
Borussia Dortmund are determined to try and keep him but with no new contract agreed, the Germans could be tempted to cash in now as they’d be able to demand a higher fee than the £20 million they’ll get next year.
The report suggests Reus flew to Britain ahead of the World Cup and sat down with Arsene Wenger as he weighed up a move to the Premier League. The Gunners were close to signing him, but withdrew their interest after the midfielder picked up an ankle injury in Germany’s final World Cup warm-up match against Armenia.
It further states that Dortmund are known to be desperate to hold onto the 25 year old but that wouldn’t have mattered with the Gunners ready to meet the player’s release clause before the setback. Manchester United and Liverpool are also known to be interested in the winger, while Barcelona could also step up their interest however much of their involvement depends on their transfer ban.
He made 30 league appearances for Dortmund last season, managing to score 16 goals and assisted 13 other goals, while creating as much as 90 chances for his team mates. He is very consistent in finding his team mates as he averages a good pass accuracy of 75% and is great with his shots on goal averaging a 59% shot accuracy.
Style of Play:
He is a very versatile attacking midfielder, he is composed in front of goal, can shoot from distance and can play in three or four different positions. He is a tricky winger with bags of pace and would seamlessly fit into any team. He is entering the prime of his career and the raw pace combined with a natural finishing ability would make him an instant star at the Emirates Stadium.
Should we Buy?
The youngster would be a right fit given that the Gunners do not even possess a natural left winger. Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla can play in that position but it is not the best position for either of them. He would probably make Arsenal the best attack minded midfield in all of England and could be the last piece of the jigsaw puzzle of the team that Arsene Wenger has been looking to build. He is affordable, despite being one of the best attacking midfielders in the world and it would be foolish to miss out on him if the opportunity arises. He’s quality and perhaps selling Podolski and buying his compatriot could a way forward. Do you agree?
Rumour Rater : 3/5
1 – Never going to happen
2 – Unlikely
3 – Could be possible
4 – Likely
5 – Done deal
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