According to reports, Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marcos Reus was going to join Arsenal this summer until his injury put paid to that. The 25 year old was part of the German squad going to the World Cup until he sustained an ankle ligament injury in a friendly match against Armenia.
German sports publication Bild had reported earlier in the week that Marcos Reus has rejected a new contract that would have seen the clause in his contract modified.
The German midfielder has a €35 million buy out clause in his contract, a clause that has a certain time to which it would become active.
Spanish football journalist Kiki Marin confirmed this report that Arsenal was indeed interested in Marcos Reus, when he tweeted, translated from Spanish to English to mean:
“The #Arsenal was very interested in Reus and I think they could have paid the € 35 million of its clause, but his injury stopped everything.”
Although it is easy to claim certain things in the corridors of the media, yet the source from which this information has come from has been spot on in respect of some Arsenal transfers in the past. A case in point was the signing of Mesut Ozil.
When a report come out, it is always important to gauge such report with the possibility of that would actually happen. The question is, could the club have added both Alexis Sanchez and Marcos Reus in one summer for a huge outlay of fees?
This question is important against the backdrop of the other needs of the team, especially the holding midfield. A transfer for for both would have top close to, or more than £70 million, a fee that would have seen the club struggle to strengthen other key position, if such was spent.
In as much as the club can now compete financially in the top echelons of the game, by bringing in World Class players, it would seem that there is a limit to the spending of the club.
What is clear is that the club would have had to free up space in the squad for it to have brought in a player from the left wing. A player coming in on the left in Marcos Reus would have meant that players like Lukas Podolski or Santi Cazorla would have struggled for game time.
In the end, not much can be said about this particular development, as it remains that, speculations and rumours, the veracity of which cannot really be ascertained. It remains a case of watch this space.