City to rival Arsenal for €18m midfielder target

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Manchester City's technical director Mike Rigg has confirmed the club's interest in German starlet Marco Reus, who has also been linked with Arsenal.

The 22-year-old forward is emerging as one of the brightest prospects in the Bundesliga, having turned in a number of scintillating performances for Borussia Monchengladbach - and his form was recently rewarded with a call-up to the German national side.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been tipped off about Reus' talent by former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann, who has urged the frugal Frenchman to do everything in his power to bring him to the Emirates Stadium.

However, City have confirmed that they are also monitoring Reus' situation, with a view to a potential move.

"I know Marco, because I like him a lot,' Rigg told German newspaper Bild. "He is one of the most talented players you have in Germany and we have watched him very often."

Reus is under contract at Borussia until 2015, but with an €18million minimum fee release clause, both Arsenal and Manchester City will be optimistic they can broker a deal.

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