Arsenal's hopes of winning what's already shaping up to be the most fiercely contested transfer tussle of the summer have suffered a serious blow, with Borussia Dortmund winger Marco Reus reportedly unconvinced that the Gunners can match his ambition to win a lorry load trophies during the peak years of his career.
Reus had initially identified Arsenal as a club he would like to play for in the future, which is hardly a surprise given their contingent of countrymen, including Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker.
The Gunners are just one of a quintet of Premier League clubs seriously interested in activating the German international's €25 million release clause, but if a source interviewed by The Sun is to be believed then it's highly unlikely that Reus will be persuaded to make a blockbuster move to the Emirates at the end of the season.
Poor form set to scupper Arsenal hopes
The Sun's source is adamant Reus is seriously unimpressed with Arsenal's sub-standard start to the season, revealing: “Reus wants to win titles and he is worried this would not happen at Arsenal."
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is most likely focused on producing a dramatic upturn in performances on the pitch rather than adding more exciting attacking options to his under-fire squad, but Reus is a long-term target and if there's any truth to today's report it will become as a huge disappointment.
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Sale to Bayern almost unthinkable
Dortmund's reputation as something of a selling club means there's already a huge queue of top European teams looking to pull off a serious transfer coup and sign Reus next year, including Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
Losing a third key player to Bayern in as many years is simply unthinkable for the Dortmund faithful, which has made the chances of Reus plying his trade in the Premier League next season look extremely favourable.
€230,000-a-week wage demands must be met
None of the top European clubs interested have been put off by lofty salary demands of around €230,000-a-week, which means its now effectively up to Reus to decide where his long-term future lies.
Arsenal's Premier League form means they have some serious catching up to do before adding another marquee signing to their ranks though, whether Wenger has the funds to make the deal happen or otherwise.