Arsène Wenger, the Arsenal manager, has made contact with Borussia Mönchengladbach over signing the Bundesliga club's Germany international midfielder Marco Reus.
"[Former Arsenal goalkeeper] Jens Lehmann has advised Wenger," said the Mönchengladbach coach, Lucien Favre. "And after that Arsène contacted me. I told him Reus is a very good player, I cannot lie. But I do not want to lose him."
Reus has risen to prominence under Favre's guidance over the last two seasons as a technically-adept attacking midfielder, catching the eye with 11 goals last season and earning full international recognition. He has been compared with Mario Götze, the teenage prodigy at Borussia Dortmund also linked with Arsenal, but would cost half Götze's expected £35m fee.