Arsenal are set to use the wealth of cash in their reserves to beat Barcelona to the signing of Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus, according to Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo.
The Spanish publication, using information from the Daily Star’s report yesterday which highlights Arsenal’s extremely healthy financial situation, claims that Reus is the number one target for Arsene Wenger heading into the January transfer window, and that the Gunners have the money to make a transfer feasible.
The pursuit of Reus
Though numerous European clubs have been hot on Reus’s tail for the past two seasons Jurgen Klopp’s view that he is essential to the club’s long-term fortunes have meant that he has never truly been available.
However, with Arsenal fresh from announcing pre-tax profits of £4.7 million, and a turnover £298.7 million - which was up considerably from last year’s £242.8 million - they reportedly have around £170 million to spend, and a colossal bid could be enough to turn Dortmund heads.
Having lost both Robert Lewandowski and Mario Gotze to Bayern Munich is the last two summers, BVB are proven masters at dealing with the departures of world-class talents and, although few fans would be happy, a cash windfall in exchange for Reus might be an outcome that Klopp can’t say no to.
€25 million is the most recent estimation for the German international’s valuation, with a clause in his contract meaning that he will be available for a relative snip as of next year.
Reus of course is far from the only target said to be on Wenger’s hit-list, and the French manager might well assess his squad in depth before consenting to a large outlay on another attacker.
Defensive reinforcements are likely to sit at the forefront of his mind, with the purchase of a new midfield anchorman also expected to be favourited.