This summer’s transfer window has just closed but Manchester City and Arsenal could already be eyeing up their potential targets for next summer.
The name being linked with both clubs is Dortmund’s Marco Reus. The German midfielder has a buy out clause of £25 million which can be activated from next summer, according to the Daily Star Sunday.
Reus suffered another ankle injury blow against Scotland last night, which looks to be much similar to the one which kept him out of the World Cup but Germany coach Joachim Low is quoted in the Daily Mail as saying:
“It does not seem to be that bad,”
Reus is one of Europe’s hottest midfield talents and he has been linked with a move away from Dortmund EVER since their fantastic Champions League run a couple of seasons ago where they were eventually beaten in the final by arch rivals Bayern Munich.
Last term Reus played 30 games for Dortmund, scoring a very impressive 16 goals as well as assisting 13. With such an attacking threat from midfield it is no surprise that clubs of Man City and Arsenal’s calibre are expected to come knocking next summer.
Arsenal’s midfield already has a huge pool of talent and a lot of attacking midfield players, most notably Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil so the signing of another midfielder next summer seems unnecessary to a certain extent. Arsene Wenger may be better placed to sign a holding midfielder who does more of a defensive job, with Reus being more effective in attack.
The 25-year-old’s talent would be wasted anywhere other than sitting just behind Arsenal’s now impressive forward line of Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez with Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Olivier Giroud also in contention by the time next summer rolls around.
Manchester City may be more suitable for the German international due to the fact they have players like Yaya Touré, Fernando and Fernandinho capable of playing more defensively. There will be competition from David Silva and Samir Nasri for that more advanced role but Reus possesses enough creativity and goalscoring ability to break into the City team.
His technical ability is at the very least on a par with David Silva and if he was to join the blue half of Manchester, himself and the Spanish international would cause havoc in attacking midfield with Touré for support.
Summer 2015 seems like a long way away yet but with the prospect of Marco Reus coming to the Premier League there is already anticipation ahead of next year’s transfer window.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena.