Marco Reus could sign for Arsenal next summer…
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Arsenal believe that they could sign Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus next summer, with the Gunners manager Arsene Wenger preparing to meet the players £20m buyout clause.
Fans of the North London club will definitely have to wait until this time next year to see the player in an Arsenal shirt, as the reduced fee is not enforceable until the end of the current campaign.
According to reports in the Daily Star Arsenal’s interest was sparked after Dortmund failed to tie their prize asset down to a new long-term contract earlier this year.
Reus was the subject of intense transfer speculation this summer, with the likes of Manchester United, Barcelona and Liverpool all believed to be interested. But Arsenal will attempt to steal a march on the trio by looking forward to next year.
Reus missed the World Cup through injury but that hasn’t dampened interest in the striker, and it is being reported that Wenger is planning to activate his clause in 10 months time.
The Gunners have already strengthened their forward options by signing Danny Welbeck from United for £16m on deadline day, after the Red Devils snapped up Radamel Falcao on a season-long loan.
Wenger has reportedly made it known to Dortmund that he will activate the release clause, which is in turn likely to spark a bidding war both in January and the summer as several clubs attempt to prize away one of the hottest properties in world football.