Arsenal and Manchester City face a fight if they are to convince Marco Reus to leave Borussia Dortmund in January - that's according to the club's CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke.
The Premier League duo are preparing big-money bids in an attempt to lure the in-demand German onto English shores - but Watzke remains confident that the Bundesliga outfit can keep Reus at the Westfalenstadion.
"Marco feels very comfortable at Dortmund and we feel comfortable with him," Watzke told Sport Bild.
"He has an even closer relationship with the club and the city than Mario Gotze did and I expect him to stay.
"Marco was born here, his family live here and his whole life has always been based here. He knows that BVB is the perfect place for him. I am sure of that."
The 24-year-old midfielder scored 19 times last season following his move from Borussia Monchengladbach, and has caught the eye of Europe's elite with a number of world class displays.
Reus' buyout clause is reportedly as much as £34 million, meaning Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger must splash the cash once again if he is to pair the German with international colleague Mesut Ozil.
The former Real Madrid man has been an instant success at the Emirates, and the Arsenal faithful would relish the prospect of Reus following in Ozil's footsteps by moving to north London.
Meanwhile, Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has also been linked with a move for Reus, but with the likes of Fernandinho, Stevan Jovetic and Jesus Navas all moving to the Etihad Stadium, the Chilean tactician opted against bidding for the Dortmund ace in the summer.
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