Arsenal & Barcelona eyeing €35m Marco Reus release clause
Gunners and Catalans are mulling over activating the Borussia Dortmund forward's release clause
Arsenal and Barcelona are seriously considering a bid for Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus and there may be little the Bundesliga side can do to stop him leaving.
According to Bild, the Gunners are on the lookout for more firepower up front and have a keen interest in the 24-year-old, but would likely have to compete with the Catalan club should they decide to make a move.
The report also claims manager Jürgen Klopp would not be abe to stop Reus from joining Arsenal or Barcelona were either club to submit a bid in the region of €35million, as it would trigger a release clause in his contract.
It claims the Germany international's current contract runs until 2017 and that the clause will exist until 2015, when he would receive a pay rise for his loyalty and the clause would be removed.
Arsenal would have baulked at such a figure in the past but their £42.4million purchase of Reus' compatriot Mesut Özil has shown a new era of financial power at Emirates Stadium is under way and they are able to afford transfer fees in the region stated.
However, Barcelona, along with Bayern Munich, are still considered the premier side in Europe and Wenger would have his work cut out convincing the forward that Arsenal would be a better destination than the Spanish champions.
Dortmund host Arsenal in the Champions League on Wednesday, where the Premier League leaders will be looking to exact some revenge after BVB's smash and grab 2-1 victory in the corresponding clash at Emirates Stadium last month.