Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has reportedly made Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus his top target if he loses Alexis Sanchez.
Although he’s just returning from a significant injury lay-off, the German international has proven his class for club and country for several years.
According to The Mirror, it’s been enough to convince Wenger that he’s the right man for the Gunners if they lose Sanchez as contract talks between the two parties continue to rumble on.
The Chilean forward has yet to sign a new deal, with his current contract having just 18 months remaining, and so Reus has emerged as a possible transfer target and is said to be valued at £30m, as noted in the report.
Reus moved to Dortmund in 2012 from Borussia Monchengladbach, and has gone on to score 76 goals in 165 appearances in all competitions for the club to establish himself as one of the top players in Europe.
In turn, he’s the high-profile and consistent goalscorer that Wenger would need if he were to lose a player of the ilk of Sanchez, with the former Udinese and Barcelona’s star demands for a £200,000-a-week contract with a release clause causing problems, according to the Mirror.
It’s added that with Hector Bellerin and Mesut Ozil likely to sign new deals, the process has been a bit more complicated with Sanchez and so it has naturally led to speculation over an exit with Juventus and Manchester City paired with an interest.
Wenger would undoubtedly prefer to see him commit his future rather than having to try and bring in a replacement if he were to leave, but time will tell whether or not the two parties are able to reach an agreement over a contract extension.