On Thursday we covered claims from Germany about Arsenal interest in Marco Reus (read that here) and how the situation may unfold. We explained that the best thing for Arsenal was for the bad blood between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich to continue and for Reus to be wholly against signing a new deal.
That's because that scenario puts Borussia Dortmund in a frankly terrible situation. Bayern Munich have made them publicly nervous on Reus and the clause in the player's contract is a real issue. Bayern's Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said this week that the clause was €25m but it's previously been thought to be €35m. At either price Reus is a steal.
This all means that Bayern Munich could swoop in next year and pay Reus' clause, with there being nothing the German club could do to stop it. The thought of that must make Dortmund bosses come out in a stress rash. What happened with Mario Gotze was careless, what happened with Robert Lewandowski was death by a thousand cuts. If similar happened with Marco Reus then Dortmund may as well officially declare themselves a Bayern Munich feeder club.
Bild explain on Friday that the probability of Reus signing a new contract which ups his exit clause, or removes it entirely, is extremely low. That again is very bad news for Dortmund.
The perfect storm for Arsenal then? Quite possibly so. Arsenal would be able to bid this summer and then remove any danger of the player going to Bayern Munich and perhaps also give Dortmund more money than they'd get for the player next summer.
A problem would be Bayern Munich persuading Reus to remain at Dortmund for a further season so they can then activate his clause, but Bild say there's internal conflict at the German champions over whether they need Reus and, if so, when would be the time to move for him. The general feeling is to wait a season and how see how Arjen Robben, Franck Ribéry and Xherdan Shaqiri get on.
The situation could hardly be any better for Arsenal right now.