Metro translates a tweet from Kike Marin of Spanish newspaper Vozpopuli, suggesting the Gunners were on the verge of landing one of football's most sought-after forwards:
Respected Spanish journalist Kike Marin says Reus nearly joined another Premier League team this summer – with Arsenal close to bagging him before the World Cup.
The reporter says the Gunners were close to a £27.6million deal for the player, but after he tore ankle ligaments in June, the deal was aborted.
Marin's original tweet can be viewed below:
El #Arsenal estaba muy interesado en Reus y creo que podría haber pagado los €35 millones de su cláusula, pero su lesión lo paró todo.— Kike Marin** (@Kike_Marin_) July 29, 2014
Such a consideration certainly offers an intriguing spin on speculation following Reus. The Dortmund forward is said to have declined a contract extension at the Westfalenstadion, as per Eliot Rothwell of The Mirror.
Rothwell also reports quotes from Dirk Hebel, the player's agent, while highlighting Liverpool's interest, as originally published by German paper Bild: "Marco would make any big European team stronger," said the player's representative. "That's why it's completely normal that a number of these major European teams are interested in signing him."
The Daily Mail's David Kent reports Manchester United are said to be contemplating a move for the versatile speedster who netted 16 goals and provided 13 assists in 30 Bundesliga appearances last season, as recorded by WhoScored.com.
Should Arsenal aim to sign Marco Reus if he becomes available?
Reus' electric pace and cutting dribbling skills would considerably galvanise Arsenal's offensive options, providing mouthwatering support for the likes of Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and new signing Alexis Sanchez. He would also add to the strong German influence at the club, joining teammates Lukas Podolski, Per Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil and Serge Gnabry.
Wenger recently suggested "up front we don’t need any more," indicating Reus isn't on the radar, as per Lee Hurley of Metro. Arsenal fans will like to think the player would be considered if his availability is confirmed, as Reus' rare talent can boost any side on the planet.
He is the type of player who is linked with a move away during every transfer window, whether he is fit or not. Reus will be looking forward to regaining match sharpness after missing Germany's World Cup triumph in Brazil but will have to get used to club life without Robert Lewandowski, who joined Bayern Munich on a free earlier this summer.
Such a move could be behind the player's unwillingness to commit to Dortmund, although Reus is yet to confirm his intentions for the future. He can halt any speculation by inking the new deal or, indeed, by publicly acknowledging he wishes to stay.
While it seems Wenger may have been ready to land the player before injury, Reus now holds the power in any deal to leave Dortmund.