Borussia Dortmund have responded to reports Arsenal want to sign Marcus Reus in the summer, describing such speculation as “half-baked”.
The Gunners have been frequently linked with the Germany international but speculation has heightened recently with claims he is seen as a potential replacement for Alexis Sanchez.
The Chile international is in the last 18 months of his contract and yet to agree an extension with Arsenal believed to be making plans in case he leaves the club in the summer.
The latest reports have claimed Arsenal have approached Dortmund about a £50.9m move and will offer Reus a five-year deal at the Emirates.
However, when asked about the report the club’s sporting director Michael Zorc rubbished such claims and insisted the player wants to stay with Thomas Tuchel’s side.
“I won’t waste my time with half-baked stuff,” he said via ESPN. “It’s not known to me that Marco wants to leave us.”
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Reus is contracted to Dortmund until 2019 but has seen recent seasons disrupted by injury and has managed just five Bundesliga starts this season.
He is not the only player Arsenal are being linked with, Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata and Torino’s Andrea Belotti are also believed to be on the club’s radar.
However, Arsene Wenger has recently tried to play down speculation surrounding a move for Karim Benzema and insists he is well-stocked for forwards currently.
With Sanchez, Olivier Giroud, Lucas Perez and Danny Welbeck, Wenger has no shortage of options but if Sanchez were to leave a top-quality replacement would be required.