Emirates Stadium side line-up one final high-profile summer signing.
Arsenal are readying moves to sign Borussia Dortmund playmaker Marco Reus with Arsene Wenger hoping to land the attacker with a £32m bid this summer.
CaughtOffside understands that Gunners boss Wenger is still keen on bringing in an attacking signing who can both fill a midfield and striking role, having previously pursued Schalke youngster Julian Draxler for just such a purpose.
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Wenger had felt that Draxler was a player who could be moulded into a deep lying forward but was put off by the Bundesliga side’s asking price.
Arguably 25 year old Reus is even better suited to such a role, and is certainly a player who is deadly in front of goal and seemingly likely to leave the Westfalenstadion with ongoing contractual talks between the player and Borussia Dortmund continuing to stall.
Reus has seen his side fall further behind domestic rivals Bayern Munich and watched as the club’s top-scorer, Robert Lewandowski, ran down his contract before moving to the Allianz Arena on a free transfer and the former Borussia Monchengladbach man may feel the time is right for a fresh challenge.
Arsenal will hope that they can take advantage of any uncertainty with a firm offer for Reus, with Dortmund perhaps more open to selling the player to a Premier League side over the possibility of losing another talent to their Bundesliga rivals.
Reus has proven a big hit since moving to Dortmund in July 2012, netting 42 goals in 90 appearances, and working superbly well in a role behind forward Robert Lewandowski. It’s a role that Wenger would like to see the German international work in at the Emirates Stadium.
Such a move would see Reus either work behind new signing Alexis Sanchez or French forward Olivier Giroud.
Arsenal have already spent upwards of £60m to bring in the aforementioned Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy, David Ospina and Calum Chambers but the club’s board are still holding a decent sum for Wenger to use on further additions and the north London side will be aware that the capture of Reus would be huge statement of intent ahead of a real push for the Premier League title.
Barcelona had been keen on Reus but opted instead to spend £75m on Luis Suarez whilst Real Madrid, who also were linked with a possible swoop, brought in Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez, and the lack of potential suitors could work in Arsenal’s favour.
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