Dick Law apparently met with Marco Reus’s agents three times in 2015 as he tried to get the player to sign for Arsenal but, like with most things, he was unsuccessful.
Dick Law was Arsenal’s transfer fixer in the last few years under Arsene Wenger or, at least, he was meant to be. In reality, you’d better odds with Online Pokies for Real Money than Law doing anything useful. Well, that’s how it seemed at least.
Speaking to the media, Marco Reus’s agent, Kai Psotta, revealed, “For example, in summer 2015, my boss Dirk Hebel sat in the Dusseldorf airport hotel with Barcelona’s Raul Sanllehi. Six months later, the Catalan club’s officials, led by Robert Fernandez, launched another attempt to lure Reus to Spain.
“They were as unsuccessful as Arsenal’s Richard Law, who had a total of three meetings, as were Ivan Gazidis of AC Milan and Olivier Letang of Paris Saint-Germain and representatives of both Manchester clubs.”
Ivan Gazidis clearly wasn’t ‘of AC Milan’ in 2015 so that does make me wonder if Psotta is just throwing some extra details in there to make the story sound better.
Regardless, now 30, Reus was heavily linked with a move to Arsenal that year although he ended up signing a new deal with Borussia Dortmund then another in 2018 that keeps him in Germany until 2023.
Arsenal were reportedly going to bid €68m for him in the summer of 2015, a crazy sum back then with Wenger a ‘long-time admirer’.
The only problem with that report was it came AFTER he signed his new deal with Dortmund, before which he was available for £17.5m.
In his new contract, that £17.5m release clause was removed and he agreed to wages lower than what was on offer elsewhere, presumably at Arsenal.
In short, it looks like Arsenal (and others) were used to get Reus a new deal at Dortmund where he is clearly happy and has no intention of leaving.