With the transfer deadline set to close on Monday, Arsenal continue to be linked to a potential deal. Along with Liverpool and Manchester United, Arsenal are all pursuing Borussia Dortmund winger Marco Reus, according to Bild.
The rumor follows manager Arsene Wenger’s proclamation that the transfer moves are probably done this winter. The club already added defender Gabriel Paulista on Wednesday for a fee of roughly £11.3 million and 17-year-old midfielder Krystian Bielik for about £2.5 million. While Bielik is not expected to feature for the Gunners this season, Paulista could see first-team action very soon. Adding another player by Monday might be a stretch.
“If I wake up in the morning, somebody stands in front of my door and is an exceptional player, I will open the door,” he said at a press conference. “But it looks very unlikely now. Number wise we look all right now. And quality as well.”
Reus may be that exceptional player, but it’s doubtful Arsenal are willing to pay a fee of over £20 million this close to the deadline. The Bild report stated that Bayern Munich have ducked out of the Reus bidding and left the door open for the English sides, Arsenal and Manchester United especially. Arsenal may have interest in Reus, but a move in the summer might be more realistic.
The Telegraph reported that struggling Dortmund are looking to unload their top assets and that Wenger is a fan of Reus. The 25-year-old has scored three goals and assisted twice in eight Bundesliga matches. He has made 23 appearances for Germany since 2011, scoring seven goals. A possible move to the Emirates would mean Reus joining Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker to form a star German trio on the Arsenal roster.
Meanwhile, Metro reported that should Wenger lose out on Reus, Arsenal would make a bid on Southampton star Morgan Schneiderlin at the end of the season. Schneiderlin has been linked to Gunners as far back as 2013.
The 25-year-old French midfielder has scored three goals through 16 Premier League matches. Schneiderlin began his professional career with Strasbourg, and has made seven appearances for France, including in the 2014 World Cup.
An IB Times reporter contributed to this article.