Manuel Pellegrini has probably not fully recovered from the shock of falling away to Arsenal – and yes, it was a shock victory in the manner the Gooners had played – but plans are already underway to make sure such won’t repeat itself next season as reports according to Daily Star have it that City have placed Marco Reus at the summit of an expected summer spree.
Reus has been linked to Arsenal all summer long without any particular mentions being made from either side, although it is obvious he will leave Dortmund at the end of this season. Injuries have not helped him settle into the thick of things this season.
The recent two-time BundesLiga Champions are right at the base of the log and it does not look like they can keep hold of him for much longer. He’s refused a new contract and it appears anyone who can match his £20 million buy-out clause will have him.
And that’s not a big fee for City, not by any chance. They are bound to regulate their spending within the limits of Financial Fair Play but it is believed it won’t require losing their molars to secure a £20 million deal. Arsenal should be able to pay that sort of fee as well but City are reportedly going to offer a £200,00-a-week package which will be a challenge for the Gunners.
Marco Reus basically is all you want to sign in a modern player. He is one of those headed for the very zenith of the superstars league of elite stars in the coming years, despite Ronaldo and Messi’s refusal to hibernate. He is the biggest player in the Dortmund team, having witnessed the exodus of the likes of Mario Goetze and Robert Lewandowski to pastures anew. His refusal to sign an improved deal to keep him at the Westfalenstadion is an indication that he wishes to join the elite and spring himself to the very height he expects to reach.
So much has been made of the instant and explosive impact made by Alexis Sanchez since his £35 million move from Barcelona in the summer and there is an excitement amongst Gooners to see Wenger splash more on some more of the best in the world. Germany won the World Cup in Brazil without the Dortmund star, leaving many to wonder if it would not have been even easier if he had not been injured before the start of the tournament.
City will be a stronger attacking threat with Reus but there may be other equally emerging talents that may be as good as he is. With his injury records, it could be a poisoned chalice. That said, Arsenal could still put in a fight.
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