Arsenal were the favourites to sign Marco Reus this summer ahead of other Premier League clubs such as Liverpool, however the winger will not move according to The Mirror.
The German winger signed a new deal with Borussia Dortmund earlier this year however it was rumoured that he was still looking for a move to the Premier League with reported interest from Arsenal and Liverpool.
Reus is not the only Dortmund player rumoured to be on the go as teammate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is linked with both Arsenal and Tottenham - however's he has signed a new contract.
The Gunners reportedly made a £48 million bid for Marco Reus, which is almost double what they offered in September 2014 back when Reus' release clause was set at around £20 million. Dortmund would obviously make a lot of money for a player that they bought from rivals Borussia Monchengladbach in 2012 for £12 million (€17.1 million). It's good to note that Dortmund are known for making a lot of profit on their sales and this would definitely be another good deal for them.
How do we know he's staying at Borussia Dortmund?
Earlier this week, Dortmund's director of communication Sascha Fligge announced in an interview with ESPN FC that Marco Reus would definitely be a Borussia Dortmund player next season: "Marco Reus will not leave Borussia Dortmund this summer. That's a 100 percent certainty."
That should be enough to rule out any move for the German winger away from the Signal Iduna Park as Borussia Dortmund will be counting on him for a successful season in 2015-2016, but with an offer as big as £48 million (around €70 million), you never know.
Reus' representatives Sport Total told tuttojuve.com reiterated that he would not be moving: "We read the rumours that are circulating about an alleged transfer for Marco. We can say with certainty that the player is having a wonderful time at Dortmund. He is flattered by the interest of many European teams but he's recently decided to stay in Dortmund."
How big of a blow is it for Arsenal?
Reus was quite an important target for Arsene Wenger therefore Sascha Fligge's comments will obviously be a bit of a blow for Arsenal. However, with a reported £200 million to spend this summer, the Gunners can definitely afford to look somewhere else to get the attacking player they've been lacking.
Indeed, Arsenal are interested in players such as Gonzalo Higuain, Karim Benzema, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and more. All those players are world-class players who will not move away from their respective clubs very easily, with Napoli declaring they wanted at least £60 million for their striker, Dortmund announcing Aubameyang is not for sale at any price and Real Madrid lacking a striker if they sell Benzema.
Overall I feel like Marco Reus not joining Arsenal isn't a huge blow as the Gunners' interest for the winger seems to have lowered in the past month or so and I don't think he is a primary target for Arsene Wenger's side anymore.
Who are Arsenal most likely to go for?
In my opinion, I feel like Benzema is the most likely target to join Arsenal if anything. It's true that he recently posted a picture on Instagram to reiterate that he is happy at Real Madrid but a chance to link up with a French manager at a club like Arsenal could convince him to move and seek a new challenge in the Premier League.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is set to stay at Borussia Dortmund however with reported interest from both Arsenal and Tottenham he could move to the Premier League. If he was to move, I think he might want to choose Tottenham as his new side as he would get more playing time and would definitely be considered a key player for Spurs.
As of Gonzalo Higuain, I think that Arsenal could go for him if a deal with Benzema failed. Indeed the £60 million pricetag put on him is huge but Arsenal have the money to spend if they want to and Higuain is a quality striker. I can't tell for sure if Higuain would be a success at the Emirates Stadium but he would definitely be a worthy replacement of Karim Benzema if the French striker rejected the Gunners.