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Arsene Wenger lining up world-class replacement for Alexis Sanchez

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Arsene Wenger is set to make a world-class superstar his number one target should Arsenal lose Alexis Sanchez, whose long-term future is increasingly unclear.

The Chilean forward is the Gunners' top scorer this season with eight goals in all competitions, but his current £130,000-a-week contract runs out in 18 months' time and he is yet to sign a new one.

Consequently, Wenger has growing concerns over the 27-year-old striker, who has been eyed by some of Europe's biggest clubs, including Manchester City and Juventus - although the Italian champions are unlikely to be able to match the ex-Barcelona star's wage demands.

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The Mirror has reported that, if Alexis moves away from the Emirates Stadium, Wenger will make Borussia Dortmund vice-captain Marco Reus his top transfer target.

How good is Marco Reus?

Since returning to Dortmund, the club where he began his youth career, from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2012, Reus has established himself as one of the finest attacking talents in the world with his vision, class, trickery and unerring shooting accuracy.

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He's scored an impressive 76 goals in 165 games for Dortmund, including 23 last term, where he combined with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Manchester United's Henrikh Mkhitaryan to form the most devastating front three in Europe last season besides the famed "MSN".

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Wenger's a big fan

Valued at just over £30 million, he can play as an attacking midfielder or out wide and Wenger is a huge fan of the German. The French boss has tried to tempt Reus into a move to the Premier League in the past, but the Bundesliga giants have managed to keep hold of him.

There's no doubt that the Dortmund star is exactly the calibre of player that would be needed to replace someone as good as Sanchez were he to leave, who wants a new deal worth £200,000 per week as well as the insertion of a buy-out clause.

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Reus close to return

Reus is yet to make an appearances this season but has recovered from the adductor muscle injury which has kept him out of action for six months and which saw him miss Euro 2016 this summer.

However, a fresh but minor heel problem means the 27-year-old hasn't been passed fit for Der Klassiker later today, when fifth-placed Dortmund welcome defending champions and unbeaten Bayern Munich to the Signul Iduna Park.

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Topics:
Bundesliga
Alexis Sanchez
Football
Premier League
Mesut Özil
Marco Reus
Arsenal
Borussia Dortmund

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