Arsenal have reportedly identified Borussia Dortmund ace Marco Reus as a possible replacement for either Alexis Sanchez or Mesut Ozil if they don’t extend their contracts.
According to The Telegraph, the priority for the Gunners remains to sign Sanchez and Ozil to contract extensions, with both players seeing their current deals expire in 2018.
However, it’s added that there is still some way to go to bridge the gap between what the club are offering and what the duo are demanding, and so there is concern that they could well move on.
As a result, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger may be looking elsewhere to assess his options, and it appears as though Reus will be a top target to fill the void left by either player if they end up leaving.
The 27-year-old would be an excellent signing not only due to the undeniable talent that he possesses, but also because his versatility would allow him to play in various roles in Arsenal’s system.
Having now scored 50 goals in just over 100 league appearances for Dortmund, the German international’s valuation will have increased significantly since his €17.5m switch from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2012, as per Sky Sports, and so Arsenal must be prepared to splash out.
Sanchez and Ozil had played big roles in Arsenal’s impressive start to the season as they looked as though they could lead a Premier League title charge.
While the Chilean international has now registered 14 goals and 12 assists in 23 appearances in all competitions, his teammates has come under heavy criticism over the last week or so with abject performances against Everton and Manchester City.
Back-to-back defeats have seen the Gunners slip from top to fourth and nine points adrift of leaders Chelsea, and the pressure is really on the players currently at Wenger’s disposal to put things right before the likes of Reus can be targeted.