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Exclusive: Arsenal to Launch Stunning Club Record £45m Forward Bid as Wenger Prepares to Re-Shape Attack

by Christian Bailey

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is readying a big money move for long term target Marco Reus after receiving encouraging reports from representatives of the Borussia Dortmund star.

CaughtOffside understands that whilst the Gunners have secured the services of Alexis Sanchez the French boss has designs on entirely re-shaping his attack and wants to bring in the 25 year old German international.

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Reus is apparently very upset with Barcelona as he had been under the impression that he was a key summer target for the La Liga outfit. Seemingly Nou Camp boss Luis Enrique opted instead to invest heavily in a move to sign Luis Suarez, which could well leave the cultured attacker considering his options.

Marco Reus Borussia Dortmund

Wenger has long been linked with an interest in Reus and sees the attacking midfielder as a player who can be converted into a striker, or used in a supporting striker role, and has been given the backing of his Gunners board to make a club record offer of £45m for the player.

Liverpool are known to be keen but Wenger feels a move to Arsenal will prove more tempting due to the presence of Reus’s national team colleagues Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski and Mesut Ozil.

Reus could be ready to leave the Westfalenstadion given they have fallen a country mile behind domestic rivals Bayern Munich and the gap between the two sides may grow wider given Jurgen Klopp saw top-scorer Robert Lewandowski complete a free transfer move to the Allianz Arena this summer.

The former Borussia Monchengladbach man has netted an impressive 42 goals in 90 appearances for Dortmund.

Santi Cazorla Arsenal

Spanish international Santi Cazorla is said to be homesick and Wenger is ready to listen to offers for the former Malaga man, with Sanchez seemingly seen as a player who can fill his wide role.

Lukas Podolski could also be on his way after two fairly average campaigns at the Emirates Stadium, that drop in form leading to a limited role in Joachim Low’s 2014 World Cup winning side.

Wenger may well feel the combination of Sanchez and Reus would negate the need to retain current first choice centre-forward Olivier Giroud, though he could be a player Arsenal would look to act as a back-up should their push to sign Reus succeed.

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