Arsenal Transfer News: Marco Reus Interest Reignited, Winston Reid Targeted

Nick Akerman@NakermanFeatured ColumnistAugust 22, 2014

MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 01:  Marco Reus of Borussia Dortmund warms up at Santiago Bernabeu stadium ahead of the UEFA Champions League quarter-final match between Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, on April 1, 2014 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Arsenal are ready to reopen their interest in Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus, who reportedly came close to signing for the Gunners earlier in the summer.

Reus' potential move is said to have broken down after the ankle injury that saw him ruled out of the World Cup, reported by Spanish website Vozpopuli (via Chisanga Malata of the Daily Star). That said, Malata now indicates Arsene Wenger is "ready to resurrect the deal" for one of football's most wanted players.

Malata reports new interest and fresh quotes from German newspaper Der Westen, in which Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke confessed he isn't 100 percent Reus will stay at the Westfalenstadion.

"We will have to wait and see whether we can keep hold of Marco," said Watzke. "All I can say is that I know him really well and it’s not about money with him."

Reus is the type of player who continues to generate plenty of interest, despite Dortmund's best efforts to keep him. Watzke previously noted, "We have said many times this summer that Reus will not leave,” per Kicker (via Alex Richards of the Mirror). “Marco will play with us next season."

Liverpool and Manchester United are thought to be among those who would challenge for the player's signature, per Malata's report.

It is the latter who need Reus the most after a stuttering summer of transfers has seen United's squad stripped down to its bare bones, while Brendan Rodgers has crammed his team with eight signings' worth of talent.

Wenger has committed to snapping up Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy, David Ospina and Calum Chambers this summer.

Considering Reus alongside the likes of Alexis, Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla is surely a hugely exciting prospect for the Gunners, who are beginning to rediscover the importance of possessing individual stars who regularly contribute to the team and club's image.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 22: Marco Reus of Borussia Dortmund and Laurent Koscielny of Arsenal in action during the UEFA Champions League Group F match between Arsenal and  Borussia Dortmund at Emirates Stadium on October 22, 2013 in London, England.  (Ph
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Reus remains elusive both on and off the pitch, meaning it would take a significant bid to coax him away from Dortmund. Bayern Munich president Franz Beckenbauer confirmed his side's interest in the player and initiated mind games by saying BVB will eventually lose their star asset, per Bild (via Jamie Jackson of The Guardian):

I can imagine him at Bayern very well. If you can get a player of his class, you need to try it. 

I am sure: if he doesn’t go to Bayern in 2015, he will probably go to another big international club such as Real Madrid or Manchester United. Dortmund are unlikely to be able to hold on to him.

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15:  Olivier Giroud of Arsenal holds off Winston Reid of West Ham United during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on April 15, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/
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A more realistic target for Arsenal is West Ham's Winston Reid, who appears to be generating interest once more. The powerful centre-back was first linked to an Emirates switch in 2013, but has popped back into the headlines as his contract heads toward expiry.

According to The Times (via Chris Richards of the Mirror), Reid is once again being monitored by the north London club.

The 26-year-old would be a useful back-up option for Wenger. Injury stopped the New Zealand international from helping West Ham as much as he could last season, but his quality was certainly missed during his spell on the recovery table.

Wenger currently has Chambers to reinforce Arsenal's defence when Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker are absent, but the player's expected push forward into defensive midfield could see a new defender brought in. Reid is an affordable, accomplished and reliable option.

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Both of Arsenal's reported targets sum up exactly what Wenger is trying to achieve this season. His ambition and need for incisive attacking impetus should keep Reus' abilities fresh in the mind, while the need for a sturdy defensive foundation is also key.

Although they plug different gaps and would arrive for majorly contrasting fees, Reus and Reid would both serve vital roles in the Arsenal squad.

Wenger recently confirmed he isn't desperate to sign new players, per the club's official Twitter account, but suggested he will keep an eye open as the window heads to a close. Supporters will undoubtedly clamour for Reus' appearance, although Reid is the more likely to show once his West Ham contract has expired.


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