Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has laughed off rumours linking star forward Marco Reus with a summer move to Arsenal
Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has dismissed speculation linking Marco Reus with a move to Arsenal in the summer transfer window, laughing off the rumours as “half-baked”. This was after German publication Bild suggested that Reus could be on his way to the Premier League after the end of the season.
Speaking to the publication, Zorc said that he is not paying attention to those rumours, as Reus will not be leaving the club anytime soon. He said: “I won’t waste my time with half-baked stuff,” he said. “It’s not known to me that Marco wants to leave us.”
Marco Reus has long been one of the most highly regarded forwards in world football, and on his day he is a fearful proponent for any defence. That had been the case for a long while, with Reus making a name for himself with lowly Rot Weiss Ahlen before making a move to Borussia Monchengladbach in 2009.
In his three-year stint with the Die Fohlen, Reus’s stock only rose further as he grew from strength to strength and made his international debut for Germany. In 109 appearances for the club, Reus scored 41 goals and assisted 28 times, before earning a move to Borussia Dortmund in 2012.
Ever since his move to Westfalenstadion, Reus has grown into one of the most dangerous attackers in Europe, with his driving runs at the opposition defences and clever link up play often proving to be game changing for the German heavyweights.
However, his career with Dortmund has been beset with injuries, restricting the 27-year-old to just 173 appearances (81 goals and 59 assists) in all competitions with Die Schwarzgelben. And it has been more of the same again this season, with Reus managing just 6 starts in competitions for Dortmund.
When fit, his undoubted quality has often shone through over the other stalwarts at Dortmund, including the likes of Andre Schurrle, Christian Pulisic, Emre Mor, Mario Gotze and Ousmane Dembele, with the Germany international gelling incredibly well with star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
His exploits with Dortmund have often seen him being linked with several clubs across Europe. But Premier League giants Arsenal are the ones that have been linked the most heavily with Reus, with recent reports stating that the club were ready to shell out an astronomical €60 million for the attacker, as they sweat over the situation of contract rebel Alexis Sanchez.
If uncertainty does continue to surround Sanchez’s future with Arsenal, Reus could be an option, considering his track record with Dortmund and Germany. However, given his injury record, and the ruggedness that English football is filled with, he might as well be a gamble too far for Arsene Wenger.
However, Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc sees no truth in rumours linking Reus with the Gunners, and is confident that the Germany international will stay at the Westfalenstadion. It now remains to be seen if Reus repays Zorc’s confidence or whether there’s any substance in the rumours.