Ligue 1 giants join chase for Borussia Dortmund attacker.
Big-spending Ligue 1 giants PSG could look to rival Arsenal in the chase for Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus this January, CaughtOffside understands.
In what could be a busy January at the mega-rich Qatari-backed club, Reus has emerged as a top target for manager Laurent Blanc as he looks to improve on his current attacking midfield options.
With the likes of Javier Pastore and Ezequiel Lavezzi failing to impress so far this season, it is expected that the pair could be sold when the transfer window re-opens, with Liverpool known to be particularly keen on Pastore, and Lavezzi emerging as a target for Tottenham.
Reus, who has been a key player for Dortmund since joining the club from Borussia Monchengladbach, is a versatile attacker capable of playing either in a creative midfield role, or further forward as one of the team’s front three, and his role may depend on who else PSG manage to bring in this January.
The Ligue 1 champions were known to be keen on Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye during the summer – another target for Arsenal – and may revive their interest in the Magpies playmaker as well in the winter, ideally as a replacement for Pastore in midfield.
Having found great success with the signing of Mesut Ozil in the summer, Arsenal are keen to bring in another one of Germany’s top talents, and Arsene Wenger is said to be a big fan of Reus, who could also be useful to the Gunners due to his ability to fill in upfront.
Arsenal are currently short of options in the striker department, with Olivier Giroud the undisputed first choice at the moment but with no one currently looking like a capable backup.
Reus’ highly technical style could also suit Arsenal’s style of play perfectly in a variety of attacking midfield roles, as Wenger seems ready to continue spending big on improving his team to challenge for silverware.
However, despite improved financial results, Arsenal may struggle to compete with PSG if they step up their interest in the 24-year-old, as the French outfit may be willing to pay as much as £45m to bring him to the Parc Des Princes.
Dortmund won’t want to lose another key player so quickly after selling Mario Goetze to rivals Bayern Munich in the summer, and with the possibility of leading scorer Robert Lewandowski joining him in that direction at the end of this season.
However, the Bundesliga giants may be boosted in their attempts to bring in a replacement for Reus, with the possibility of former star Shinji Kagawa returning to the club from Manchester United looking increasingly likely.
The Japanese star is currently unsettled at Old Trafford and wants a return to his old club to play more first-team football. Initially signed as a replacement for Kagawa, Reus could now be the one replaced by the Red Devils misfit this January if he leaves for either Arsenal or PSG.