Arsenal transfer rumour: Arsene Wenger eyes Marco Reus as cover for Alexis Sanchez
Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus has been targeted as a viable replacement if Arsenal lose their main man Alexis Sanchez in the next summer. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is concerned about the future of Sanchez, whose current deal runs out in 18 months and has identified Reus as his number one target.
Although, as has been earlier reported, Wenger is dishing out a higher pay than the existing £130,000-a-week deal, Sanchez is yet to sign a contract extension at the Emirates. This poses the future of the Chilean in grave doubt as he could be on his way out of the club.
German superstar Marco Reus is widely regarded as one of the best wingers in the business. According to reports in the Mirror, Wenger is a huge fan of the £30m-rated speedster and could bring him to London should Sanchez leave.
Sanchez, who is 27 years old, apparently wants a pay hike that could see him earning a whopping £200,000-a-week. The Arsenal number 7 also wants to include a release clause in his contract.
However, if no agreement is reached between the club and the player, Wenger does have a contingency plan ready. The French manager has been looking to tempt Reus to the Premier League over the past few seasons and could make a decisive move.
Arsenal do need a stellar signing to replace someone like Sanchez and Reus fits the bill perfectly. The 27-year-old German is capable of tearing apart opposition defences when on full song. Although he was sidelined for almost six months with an injury, Reus is making his return to the top fold.
Arsenal have already extended Spanish full-back Hector Bellerin’s contract and are also closing in on a new deal with Mesut Ozil. However, the Gunners’ hierarchy are not too confident about tying down Sanchez who has drawn interest from a host of big clubs such as Juventus, Manchester City among others.
The Chilean forward has been in top form this season, relishing his new role as a free central forward. He will be one of the key players for Wenger this season as Arsenal look to end a Premier League title drought since 2004.
If Sanchez does leave Arsenal, then Wenger will definitely face some flak from the fanbase. The Frenchman, however, is prepared for such a scenario or so it seems.
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