€35m pre-contract price on Arsenal striker target

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Arsenal transfer target Marco Reus may have signed a deal to join Borussia Dortmund in the summer, but that hasn't stopped speculation swelling around the German international.

The Gunners had been heavily linked with a move for the 22-year-old in November and December ahead of the opening of the January transfer window, with Borussia Monchengladbach manager Lucien Favre confirming Arsene Wenger was keen on their player.

"Yes! Jens Lehmann gave him (Wenger) a tip to watch Marco. Then Arsene called me," said Favre two months ago.

Whilst there were claims that Arsenal wanted to sign the player on loan, Dortmund stepped-in to sign the player at the start of the New Year, with the three-cap international moving to the Westfalenstadion for an undisclosed fee at the end of the season.

And, as part of the deal, German newspaper Bild is reporting that a €35 million minimum fee release clause has been placed on the head of Reus.

"We basically say nothing about contractual content," said Hans-Joachim Watzke when quizzed on the specifics of the five-year deal.

The figure, and more importantly deal that sees the player leave Borussia-Park for a Bundesliga rival, is likely to end any remaining interest that Arsenal will have in the player.

Wenger has been linked with a number of strikers in the January window after bringing Thierry Henry back to the club on a short-term loan, with Cologne hitman Lukas Podolski a name constantly linked with the Emirates Stadium in recent weeks.

Matias Suarez and Leandro Damiao have also speculatively been placed on the Arsenal radar, but Reus is a name to take off the list both for now and the future given the asking-price placed on his head.

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