Arsenal will try to sign the Borussia Dortmund winger, Marco Reus, if they fail to agree on a new deal with Alexis Sánchez.
The Chilean is demanding a massive pay rise in order to stay at Emirates, and Arsenal’s initial offer of around £180,000 per week has fallen short. Sánchez is seeking a new contract worth more than £200,000 per week, and, although the Gunners are determined to resolve the issue, they have already lined up a replacement.
Daily Mail are reporting that Arsenal are planning to break the £200,000-a-week barrier at the club to keep striker, Sánchez. Sánchez signed for Arsenal in 2014 for a fee of £30 million from Barcelona. The Chilean has been one of the best players in the Premier League since then and is clearly Arsenal’s best player this season.
Reus has a similar playing style and could be the ideal replacement for Sánchez, but the German international is very injury-prone, and the transfer will be a bit of a gamble should the Gunners decide to sign him. Reus returned to action last month after recovering from his abductor injury, which kept him out of the Euros, as well as the start of this season.
Sánchez is a major fan favourite at Emirates and losing him would be a huge blow for the club, as well as the fans. Furthermore, convincing Dortmund to sell Reus won’t be too easy, either. The 27-year-old can be world-class on his day, and is likely to command less wages than Sánchez, making him quite desirable for any club. Reus has scored 76 goals for Dortmund in his last four seasons and has scored 4 times in 6 games so far this season.