According to reports in the Spanish Press, a January move by Arsenal for Marco Reus is “feared” to be on the cards.
Mundo Deportivo, a pro-Barcelona tabloid, reports that the German, who is also a prime target of the Blaugrana, Manchester United and Liverpool is on course to be the subject of a winter inquest from the Gunners. Arsene Wenger is believed to be after the Borussia Dortmund star, and while he has not been heard to say it publicly, word on the street is that he has asked to be kept informed on developments on the hotly pursued player.
Dortmund will be keen to insist that their main man is not for sale as he is part of the core of a team crafted on quick-paced breathtaking football. His displays last season, both in the BundesLiga and the Champions League, were at times a one-man assault, the quarter-final game quickly coming to mind. Having let go of a host of star names over the past few seasons, Barcelona and Arsenal will find it hard to convince the club to sell.
Reus, though, has given the green light to the two ONLY clubs he watches when not on duty, to battle it out for his signature. He turned down a contract extension to keep him at the Signal Iduna.
On their part, the Germans may have a reason to want to offload him, with the recurrence of knee injuries sure to generate some concern about his fitness. The well-covered love-in between Jurgen Klopp and Arsene Wenger maybe a factor to swing the pendulum in Arsenal’s favour, especially if ground work has begun on the stylish 47-year old stepping into Wenger’s suits in the no distant future. Reus had been moved to join Dortmund from Borussia Monchengladbach in order to join up with the galaxy of stars who were dominating the BundesLiga. Now they’ve continually disappeared and the League turning into a monopoly for Bayern Munich, the idea of a fresh challenge appeals to Reus, even as a host of Germans have made the move to England, with Arsenal possessing the largest contingent.
Barcelona, over the years, have been ‘nice’ business partners of ours. Marc Overmars, Cesc Fabregas, Thierry Henry, Alexis Sanchez have swapped one for the other with smiles to both parties. However, both will now have to lock horns to capture one of Europe’s most highly rated attacking midfielders. With Luis Enrique poised to grant more first team opportunities to the very impressive Barça B boys, with Neymar, Iniesta and the other regulars still firmly immovable, Reus may find himself in the Hleb/Song situation. He certainly won’t be thrown into the team at the expense of any of Neymar or club legends, Messi and Iniesta. Munir and Sergi Roberto are part of a graduation policy which the Catalans are very proud of, whose development for the club (and grooming for the new La Roja) they will not allow to be thwarted by the import of foreigners.
It adds up then that Reus just has to say a simple Yes to the bid expected from Arsenal to continue on his mission of repeating all his childhood hero, Tomas Rosicky, has done. Rosicky moved to Arsenal in 2006,after spending 5 successful years at Dortmund. A cult hero at the Emirates, many a Gooner will tell you he was the best player who never quite, after so much initial promise earlier in his Arsenal career. Reus may now come in to both fulfil what Rosicky couldn’t do, as well join up with Mesut Ozil to form the most dangerous partnership of foreigners from the same country the League would have ever seen.
Much like Kroos, Reus isn’t going to cost a Bale-sum. We can afford him, We can’t afford not to take advantage of the edge we have.
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