Arsenal and United size up £31m Reus bid
4th October 2013 8:54am BST
Premier League interest in Reus has long been known but recent Bundesliga form has now established the 24-year-old as one of the most coveted assets in the European game.
Reus has been one of the stand-out performers in Dortmund's early season, scoring four goals in seven league matches. The Germany international is expected to attract offers from the continent's biggest clubs come the reopening of the transfer window.
However, interest in Reus is likely to be met with firm resistance from Dortmund. Last year's Champions League finalists already lost attacking midfielder Mario Gotze, who was crucial to that European run, to Bayern Munich at the end of last season.
The Bavarian club, who beat Borussia to the European crown in May, are also believed to have all but tied up an agreement to sign Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski on a free transfer at the end of this campaign.
Speaking to reporters in Germany, Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke pre-empted speculation surrounding Reus' future by insisting the player will not leave the club.
Watzke said: “Marco was born here, his family are here and his whole life has been spent here. He knows that Dortmund is the ideal club for him.
“He has an even closer relationship with the club and the city than did Mario Gotze.”
Watzke's words will hardly dissuade clubs from making offers for Reus, given Gotze's recent departure to Bayern. Indeed, interest parties are likely to interpret the Borussia chief's statement as indication that Reus too, will have his price.
Dortmund may prove willing to negotiate on a fee for Reus, but will ultimately be powerless to resist any offer that meets a £31m buy-out clause in his contract.