Borussia Dortmund have produced some top quality players or at least made them big stars. Obvious examples are Mario Gotze and Robert Lewnadowski. However these two players have moved to Dortmund's biggest rivals in FC Bayern. This means that Marco Reus is the only one in the spotlight whereas before they were the 3 musketeers of the Bundesliga.
There have been recent reports that Reus has actually rejected an extension at Dortmund and has previously said that he 'will never go to Bayern'. This doesn't narrow it down much but it is safe to say he is not going to stay in Germany. Real Madrid and Barcelona have spent around £100 Million each on Kroos, Rodriguez, Suarez, Mathiue and Marc-Andre ter Stegen moving to Liga BBVA; which leaves their budget low if not empty.
There are only two French clubs that would be within a chance of getting the German's signature in PSG and AS Monaco. However, the recent signing or Angel Di Maria for the team in Paris would safely rule out a move for the left sided forward. Monaco could seek to replace James Rodriguez, who performed extremely well at the World Cup, but there's not much to offer Reus at Monaco as they aren't at the level of competing with the world's best at this stage so it is more than likely that a move to France is not on the cards.
This then leaves the door open for the Premier League. The big teams being Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United. Seeing as Chelsea have just raided the Liga BBVA for Costa, Fabregas and Luis, it is safe to say that the transfer budget may effect their chances of landing the German.
Premier League bound
Also, Chelsea already hold a quality left sided forward in Eden Hazard so there would be no need to add Reus to the squad and he is not a player for depth but a first team week in week out starter. Likewise, the signing of Herrera and the position of Mata makes it difficult for all these players to play, especially if Manchester United play two up front this season with Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney.
Marco Reus is the type of player who would be attracted by Champions League football to which safely rules out United, for this season anyway. There have been reports that Liverpool are in the race for Reus but since he doesn't play for Southampton, this move isn't on the cards. Although seriously, the introduction of Markovic and Lallana would make it hard for Brendan Rodgers to pick his starting 11 with Sterling Sturridge and Coutinho also in the attacking options.
This leaves Manchester City and Arsenal. Now City have been struck with a transfer plan which affects their ultimate spending and they have already made the signing of defensive midfielder Fernando which once more lowers this budget. However with City, they have a range of quality midfielders who can play anywhere across the midfield effectively like Nasri, Silva and Jesus Navas. This depth and quality doesn't require an added attacking midfielder although if it was up to City, I'm sure Reus would be straight in the team.
We are now left with Arsenal. The German core being built by Wenger at Arsenal is quite remarkable consisting of three top players in Ozil, Podolski and Mertesacker; two youngsters in Serge Gnabry and Zelalem, and a possible introduction of Sami Khedira or Lars Bender.
This is a positive aspect for Arsenal and Marco Rues would link and gel very quickly within the Arsenal squad. Let's not forget that Arsenal have one of the most respected mangers in world football and this is another major attraction for top players. Mesut Ozil said that Wenger had a big part in his move to North London which shows how vital Arsene is at Arsenal.
Champions League football is no problem with Arsenal as since Wenger has been at the club, he has never finished outside the top four and the playing style at Arsenal would fit Reus' playing style very well.
It also helps the move in that Arsenal do not have a distinct left sided midfielder and last season Cazorla, Podolksi and Wilshere had to all rotate whilst adapt to that position which wasn't the most effective for the Gunners and Marco Rues would provide that missing piece and make the whole team solid.
Additionally, Reus has revealed his boyhood idol: "My idol was always Tomas Rosicky. He had such a good eye for an opening and knew where his team-mates were, and he was so quick. Rosicky had great technique and was so intelligent and mature even though he was still young at Dortmund. I copied everything about him, right down to his sweatbands. He was so unlucky he had bad injuries at Arsenal because, otherwise, he would be one of the world's best players."
The move seems a direct match and with all these aspects said, it all comes down to the price and Dortmund, having just let Lewandowski move on a free, would want the full value of their German maestro. This may be around £45 million which would break Arsenal's transfer record but with a £100 million budget as part of the Puma deal, Arsenal need to spend in order to challenge with the likes of Bayern, Madrid and Manchester City for titles.
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