According to a new report Borussia Dortmund attacking midfielder Marcos Reus was in London early in the summer for a meeting with Arsene Wenger ahead of what would have been a transfer to the red side of North London.
The report which has its roots in the Spanish press claims that Arsenal were ready to meet his release clause of £28 million before the ankle ligament injury he sustained in a pre-World Cup friendly against Armenia scuppered the deal.
Several competent sources revealed particularly Spanish journalist Kiki Marin early last month that Marcos Reus was Arsenal’s prime target for the summer, before Alexis Sanchez came into the picture as a result of the German’s injury.
The 25 year old Marcos Reus has been linked to several clubs this summer including Manchester United, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.
Besides, the new report that he was in London earlier in the summer.
Atletico Madrid President Enrique Cerezo has confirmed that the German international rejected a big offer from Manchester United, while also asserting that the Spanish champions were never interested in him.
“I don’t know were the Marcos Reus rumour came from. It’s a player who, at this time, is impossible to us.
“Look, he had an offer for a lot of money from Manchester United and he has not gone. We will not sign him with a lesser offer.”
Borussia Dortmund is desperate to keep the German international in their ranks for at least another season. He has just been made the vice captain of the club.
Despite this, the likelihood of him staying looks slim, as he has reportedly rejected a new contract that would have seen his release clause modified.
His current deal runs out in 2017. And According to Bild, his release clause is lower than what was initially thought. It was revealed to be as low as £19 million and it comes into effect next summer.
Marcos Reus who is been courted by several of Europe’s leading clubs, came through the Borussia Dortmund youth academy, and it was there he crossed path with Tomas Rosicky who happens to be his idol.
He was release by Borussia Dortmund at age 17; he played in the German third division before joining Borussia Monchengladbach in 2009.
It was while there he mentioned Tomas Rosicky as his role model. He went on to score 41 goals in 109 appearances for ‘Gladbach.
He rejoined his hometown club Borussia Dortmund in 2012, and since then he has been a pivotal figure in the Borussia Dortmund ranks, scoring 42 goals in 90 appearances, including 21 goals in 39 appearances last season.
With this development that he was in London to discuss a transfer with Arsenal, it only means the club was indeed keen on signing him as was later revealed by various sources.