by Lewis Ambrose

€68M.

That’s £48M to you and I, and it is the amount the German newspaper Bild are reporting Arsenal will bid for Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus. Wenger has been a long-term admirer of Reus and is open to adding a world-class offensive player to his squad this season, so why not the German?

I will tell you why not. Reus could have been available for as little as £17.5M this summer but opted sign a new deal earlier this year, removing his old release clause and not having a new one put in the contract. He called Dortmund his home and his club, signalling his intent to remain at the club.

Chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke revealed that Reus’ Dortmund contract sees him earn less money than he was offered elsewhere but the German international extended his contract nonetheless: money clearly isn’t his motivation.

Dortmund won’t play in the Champions League this season but he already knew that when he signed; the Bundesliga club were bottom of the league back in January.

There’s a reason nobody has approached Dortmund for Reus this summer and it is because there is no chance he is leaving.

On Tuesday his representatives released a statement saying he is ‘flattered’ by interest but has decided to stay in Dortmund.

Following that Dortmund said on Wednesday that the player is not leaving.

“Marco Reus will not leave Borussia Dortmund this summer. That’s a 100 percent certainty,”

Dortmund’s director of communications Sascha Fligge told ESPNFC.

So, there’s that. Next rumour, please.

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