Arsene Wenger continues to scour the Bundesliga for reinforcements, this time he is perusing Borussia Monchengladbach forward Marco Reus. The Gunners boss was made aware of this rapidly rising star by former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann.
Chief scout, Steve Rowley, was sent to watch Dortmund midfielder Mario Gotze play against Olympiakos, but he came back singing the praises of Gotze’s team-mate Kevin Grosskreutz and Reus.
Wenger’s Monchengladbach counterpart, Lucien Favre, is a close friend so the dialogue between the two has been blunt but pragmatic.
Favre told reporters: “Yes, it’s true that Jens gave Arsene the information about Marco and I then received a call about him.
“I know Arsene very well, and I told him the truth about Marco, that he is a very good player and very interesting prospect.
“But I am the coach of this club, and my priority is doing the best for Borussia, rather than helping out an old mate.
“I want to keep Marco, and I think he will stay. How good is he? If I was in Arsene’s position and had to choose between Reus and Gotze, I don’t think I could. I would do my best to sign both.
“But I am confident Marco can resist the temptation of Arsenal. It might just be a little too early for him to move. It would be good for him, and for us, if he stayed another year or two. He has incredible qualities, but he can still improve in some ways, and we
are working with him every day.”
Reus (nicknamed ‘Rolls’ Reus) is rated as one of Germany’s brightest prospects, leading the charge of a team that just avoided relegation last season to third this year, only two points off top spot.
He has pace, can play on either flank and can run with the ball, plus he’s scored 10 goals in 13 league games, seven of which came in the last three matches.
There is a reported €18m buy-out clause in Reus’ current deal, which Wenger is more than willing to activate.
The problem Wenger faces is that Bayern Munich are just as keen on the 22-year-old as he is, and believe they are in a stronger position to sign the player at the end of the season.