Ligue 1 giants switch focus to Bundesliga star.Paris Saint-Germain look set to blow Arsenal out of the water with a £40m bid for Arsene Wenger’s top transfer target Marco Reus, it has emerged.
The big-spending Ligue 1 giants have made the Borussia Dortmund attacking midfielder their top target for the summer now, with a move for Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria seemingly falling through due to disagreements over his transfer fee.
Laurent Blanc’s side have been determined to bring in a world class attacking player in this transfer window and are also believed to be looking into the possibility of signing Chelsea wide-man Eden Hazard, though it could be that Reus is available for cheaper than the £50m-rated Stamford Bridge star.
Arsenal had recently emerged as strong favourites to sign Reus, with Dortmund possibly set for a flurry of offers for the German international, who is also being courted by big names such as Manchester United, Liverpool and Barcelona.
Reus is said to have a clause in his contract that would allow him to move for around £20m next summer, which means Dortmund could be ready to accept an offer in the region of £30-40m to let him leave this year, which now looks to have put PSG in the driving seat to win the race for his signature.
The French champions have plenty of money to spend with the backing of their wealthy Qatari owners, and will be content to spend £40m on Reus as opposed to the £60m they were quoted for Di Maria earlier in this transfer window.
The club may still need to offload some members of their squad, however, in an attempt to adhere to Uefa’s Financial Fair Play laws, and it may yet be that a move for Reus would still benefit Arsenal, who are also known to be tracking PSG striker Edinson Cavani.
It is understood that the unsettled Uruguayan international would be the first out of the door for PSG if they do sell players, and that could invite Arsenal to make an official offer for his services, having already held talks with his agent in recent weeks.
Still, Reus may now be out of the picture as he looks bound for the Parc des Princes, in what will no doubt be one of the most exciting transfer deals of the summer.