German attacker has a buyout clause in his current deal valued at £34m.
Both Premier League giants Arsenal and Manchester City face a struggle to sign highly rated Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus when the January transfer window finally opens once again for business at the turn of the year, according to reports in the Daily Star.
The hugely talented Germany international is currently one of the most in-demand players plying their trade on the Continent, after shining for last season’s Uefa Champions League runners-up since his arrival in the Ruhr Valley.
Reus has been with Jurgen Klopp’s side since January 2012, when he signed from fellow Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach on a five-year deal for a fee of 17.1 million euros.
And in the intervening 21-month period, the 24-year-old has managed to find the back of the net on 26 occasions in total in just 57 matches in all competitions for Dortmund, including 18 strikes in only 39 league games.
However, with a contract at Dortmund that currently runs until June 30 2017, both the north London club and their big-spending rivals from the north west know that luring the attacking midfield player to the Premier League in the new year will be no easy feat, a fact the German club’s CEO has also emphasized.
“Marco feels very comfortable at Dortmund and we feel comfortable with him,” Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke told Sport Bild.
“He has an even closer relationship with the club and the city than Mario Gotze did and I expect him to stay.
“Marco was born here, his family live here and his whole life has always been based here. He knows that BVB is the perfect place for him. I am sure of that.”