Arsenal face Reus fight, could they land Fabregas instead?
Borussia Dortmund determined not to lose more stars but Gunners favourites to sign Cesc
WITH Arsenal due to meet Borussia Dortmund in a fortnight's time in Group F of the Champions League, the German club's chief executive, Hans-Joachim Watzke, has declared that whatever the outcome at the Emirates the Gunners will never get their hands on Marco Reus.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has made no secret of the fact he'd love to sign the 24-year-old playmaker, but according to German rag Bild that ain't going to happen. "Marco just feels very comfortable with us," said Watzke. "We feel very comfortable with him. He has an even closer relationship with the club and the city than did Mario Gotze."
But is that saying much? After all Gotze is now a Bayern Munich boy and Bild speculates that the loss of Gotze – and the imminent departure of Robert Lewandowski to Bayern - could prompt Reus to jump ship as well.
Only recently the German international spoke in glowing terms about the Gunners and he'll get a chance to see for himself the new look Arsenal when the clubs meet on Tuesday week. The two Manchester clubs are also said to be interested in the German but it's believed Reus doesn't much fancy the thought of playing in the Europa League next season.
But Watzke remains quietly confident that Reus will remain in Dortmund, telling Bild: "Marco was born here, his family lives here, and the centre of his life has always been here. This is certainly a criteria in his decision."
If Wenger fails to land Reus, he may decide to turn his attentions to Barcelona and try to lure Cesc Fabregas away from Camp Nou and back to the club where he made his name. The former Arsenal skipper, who returned to Spain in 2011, was a target for David Moyes and Manchester United over the summer, but decided to stay where he was.
But how long will he remain in Spain? The Daily Star carries the sensational news that bookmaker Paddy Power, which knows a marketing opportunity when it sees one, has made the Gunners 5/6 favourites to sign Fabregas if and when he decides to leave. United trail well behind at 3/1 and Bayern Munich are at 16/1.
In other news, Goal.com reports that Wilfried Zaha "has earmarked Newcastle United" as his favoured destination for a January loan move if he still can't get any game time under David Moyes. The young winger, known to pub quizzers teams up and down the land as Alex Ferguson's final signing, joined United from Palace last January in a deal said to be worth £17m. However, he hasn't played a minute of this season's Premier League campaign despite the fact United have lurched from one setback to another. Now Goal.com claims that Newcastle, Swansea City, West Brom, Stoke City and his former club Crystal Palace have all "made enquiries" about taking him on loan for the second half of the season, although it seems Zaha has his eye on the north-east.
Talking of young talents, and The Independent has it on good authority that Spurs will try and lure young Tom Ince away from Blackpool in January. With his contract running down Spurs hope a bid of £4m will be enough to land the England Under-21 international.
Elsewhere and Talksport says that Turkish outfit Fenerbahce are "eyeing" a January move for Ahmed Musa. The talented Nigerian has been a standout player so far this season for CSKA Moscow and has scored 17 goals in 50 league appearances since joining last year. He was linked to Arsenal and Everton last season, and it's been said that Sunderland have their heart set on the talented 20-year-old.
But they can't afford to cough up £10m – believed to be CSKA's asking price – but Fenerbahce can and will do so in the New Year.
Finally, the Daily Mirror says Juventus are "targeting" Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku in the hope the 20-year-old Belgian will be offloaded by the Blues in the summer. Lukaku is on loan at Everton after failing to make Jose Mourinho's first-team squad and it's alleged the young hitman is "bitterly disappointed" at the lack of faith shown in him. That, combined with the fact his agent is Italian Mino Raiola, has led Juventus to believe the right kind of offer will persuade Chelsea to sell Lukaku at the end of the season. ·