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Wenger targeting Reus if Alexis talks fall through

Always have a backup plan

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Alexis Sanchez’s contract expires in 18 months, and so far the Chilean has been tight-lipped about his intentions. According to The Mirror, if an agreement can’t be reached, Arsene Wenger is prepared to go after Dortmund’s Marco Reus as a replacement.

The German is just coming back from an injury that sidelined him for six-months (so he’d fit in perfectly at the Emirates, amiright?) and is expected to cost Wenger in the neighborhood of £30 million if he does try to woo him.

While just the sort of name he would need to replace Alexis, Wenger has tried to lure Reus away from Dortmund in the past, with little success. The winger has been with the club since 2012, and if he does decide to leave is likely to draw interest from Real Madrid, in which case a bidding war is a non-starter.

Of course, there’s still a chance it won’t come to that. Alexis is believed to want a deal worth £200,000-a-week that includes a buyout clause, with clubs like Juventus and Manchester City reportedly interested in snatching him from Arsenal.

Alexis appears to be the last piece of the puzzle when it comes to holding on to star players this summer, with Hector Bellerin officially committed to a long term contract and talks with Mesut Ozil reportedly coming along nicely.