Arsene Wenger is looking to nail down one more marquee signing for Arsenal, writes Dan O’Mahony.After a brilliant start to the transfer window with the signing of Chilean superstar Alexis Sanchez, Arsène Wenger has been quiet of late, but Gunners fans will be hoping that the Frenchman can land either Marco Reus or Sami Khedira to really set out their stall for the coming season.
It now appears Arsenal are frontrunners to sign German international Marco Reus according to The Star. Liverpool and Manchester United had been favourites to land the Borussia Dortmund attacking midfielder but reports in Germany suggest Arsene Wenger could prevail.
The German star, who missed out on World Cup glory due to injury, is believed to be unsettled at the Bundesliga club who are doing their best to hold on to him. There is a release clause in his contract which could be activated next year. Jurgen Klopp is trying to renegotiate the contract to increase or if possible remove this release clause.
The fee to activate the release clause was previously believed to be £35 million but Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has revealed it is in fact £10 million less, much to the irritation of Dortmund. It is unlikely that a move will be completed in this transfer window as the release clause only comes into effect next year but it is clear Borussia Dortmund have an uphill battle to hang on to their man.
Meanwhile Arsenal’s captain Thomas Vermaelen appears set to leave the Emirates with Old Trafford seeming the most likely destination reports The London Evening Standard. Wenger is already believed to have turned down a £7 million Manchester United bid, placing a £10 million valuation on the Belgian international.
Barcelona are also believed to be interested in landing the defender, this is a welcome development for the Gunners boss who would love to see a bidding war develop between the two giants.
Long term Arsenal target Sami Khedira could be available at a knock down price as Real Madrid fear losing him on a free transfer next year according to The Independent. With Chelsea finished business for this window, and no other clubs linked with German, the field is clear for Arsenal to move in.
The stumbling block has been the German’s £150,000 a week wage demands, but a compromise is now thought to be possible which would see the defensive midfielder line out for the Gunners next season.
Dan O’Mahony, Pundit Arena.