Gunners receive boost in chase for Bundesliga star.
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Arsenal could still be in with a chance of signing Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus this summer with his club set to re-sign Shinji Kagawa from Manchester United as his replacement.
The Bundesliga giants are hoping to tie up a deal for Kagawa within the next 48 hours, in a move that would see Jurgen Klopp’s side have an abundance of attacking midfielders to choose from, suggesting that a big name could make way after a relatively heavy summer of spending.
Not known for being one of the richest clubs in the world, Dortmund have brought in a number of big-name players such as Ciro Immobile, Adrian Ramos and Matthias Ginter this summer to enhance their squad options after losing a key attacker in Robert Lewandowski to rivals Bayern Munich.
Although Dortmund will be keen not to lose any more of their big names after also seeing the likes of Mario Goetze leave in recent times, they may be more willing to negotiate a deal for Reus as they close in on the re-signing of one of their former stars in Kagawa, who is reportedly heading back to the club after a difficult two seasons with Manchester United.
Although the Japanese playmaker has been far from at his best at Old Trafford, he was a highly influential player for Klopp’s side in his first spell in Germany, and Reus was initially signed by the club as his replacement in that ‘number ten’ role behind the main striker.
Reus has since gone on to establish himself as one of the best attacking players in the world and has been linked with a whole host of top clubs this summer, though it is now thought that Arsenal are stepping up their interest in signing him before the transfer window closes.
The Gunners are in need of additions upfront after losing Olivier Giroud to injury until January, and Reus has shown that he can fill that role with a good goals record for club and country in recent times.
The 25-year-old is likely to cost around £20m, and Arsene Wenger is known to be a big fan of his, with his skillful and technical style of play making him ideally suited to the football played at the Emirates Stadium.