Borussia Dortmund winger Marco Reus has rejected the opportunity to join Manchester United, despite receiving a huge offer from the Premier League giants. Arsenal could now re-enter the race for the Germany international.
This latest development comes courtesy of the Metro, who quote Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo as revealing that Reus will not be joining either the La Liga champions or Manchester United.
Atletico Madrid reports: False
Reports in Spain towards the end of last week claimed the 25-year-old was on the brink of securing a shock move to Atletico, but Cerezo is at a loss to explain how and why these inaccurate rumours surfaced.
“I don’t know where the Marco Reus rumour came from. It’s a player who, at this time, is impossible to us,” he told reporters. “Look, he had an offer for a lot of money from Manchester United and he has not gone… we will not sign him with a lesser offer.”
Arsenal in pole position
Liverpool were also strongly linked with a move for Reus earlier this summer, but the Metro add that the Merseyside outfit have dropped their interest in the world-class winger.
With Manchester United now also seemingly out of the race, this leaves Arsenal in pole position to secure his signature.
Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich also have an interest in Reus, but Dortmund are not willing to sell another of their star players to the fierce domestic rivals, regardless of the price.
However, the German club could find themselves powerless to prevent Reus from joining Bayern next summer, when his £19.8 million release clause comes into effect.
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Dortmund keen to ensure Bayern do not sign Reus
The player rejected a contract extension offer from his current employers last month, and this has increased the risk of Bayern Munich signing the Borussia Dortmund star in 12 months time.
As a result, Dortmund might be more willing to negotiate a reasonable transfer fee with Arsenal, either before the summer transfer window closes on September 1 or in January.
Room for Reus at Arsenal?
Certainly, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger would love to add Reus to his ranks, but whether or not he has room for the clinical wide-man is another matter.
The veteran Gunners’ boss already faces a selection headache fitting the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla into his first-choice starting line-up. The presence of Reus would merely make his selection process even more of an impossible challenge.
However, this is a player who has arguably been the Bundesliga’s best performer over the past two seasons, since joining Borussia Dortmund from Borussia Mönchengladbach in 2012.
Reus, who is valued at £28m, has scored 42 goals in 90 appearances for Dortmund and is widely considered one of the best wingers in world football at present.