Despite enjoying a healthy lead over their rivals at the Premier League’s summit, Chelsea are seemingly putting the groundwork in now for an even stronger 2017/18 season.
Seven points ahead of their nearest challengers, Tottenham, one player who is said to be part of Blues boss Antonio Conte’s long-term vision is Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus.
According to The Express, Chelsea have been told that the Germany international will cost them a staggering £70 million. If this figure was to be matched by the Stamford Bridge top brass, it would make Reus the Blues’ most expensive signing ever.
The fact that both Liverpool and Arsenal are said to be interested, however, may have something to do with this inflated mooted fee for a player approaching his 28th birthday.
That said, the Dortmund native is still considered one of the most technically gifted operators in European football, and one big move before he contemplates retirement or a step down in level is surely something the player will have at the very least thought about.
Adept at playing both as an attacking midfielder and striker, Reus could be the natural successor to Cesc Fabregas in the squad and would challenge the likes of Diego Costa and Michy Batshuayi in the Pensioners’ attack.
With two Premier League rivals also in for the 27-year-old this potential deal seems to be a long way away yet, however if Chelsea can jump to the front of the queue for his signature it will have top four clubs worried about a repeat of what they’ve witnessed from Conte’s men so far this term.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena
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