Somewhat inevitably, Premier League champions Manchester City have become the latest side linked with unlucky Germany World Cup miss-out Marco Reus.
Over the summer, FC Bayern Munchen, Atletico Madrid, Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea were all, at various stages, expected to make a move for the Borussia Dortmund forward, who notched 11 goals in his last 12 games under coach Jurgen Klopp last term.
Now it seems it’s City’s turn, with recent reports suggesting the blue half of Manchester have requested regular updates regarding the availability of Reus, who is rumoured to have an ever decreasing release clause in his Westfalenstadion contract.
However, according to bwin.com’s odds boffins it is Arsenal who hold the advantage on this side of the English Channel in the race for the 25-year-old’s paw print.
The Gunners are the shortest-priced club in the Premier League to sign Reus before the end of the summer 2015 transfer window at 11/1.
City are back at 14/1 to pick up the 23-cap Die Mannschaft hotshot within the same time period, alongside Man Utd and Liverpool at the same price, with Chelsea unfancied at 20s.
You can have 1/2 about Reus still being under Klopp’s wing on September 2nd 2015, but the record of defections from Dortmund over the last couple of summers points to the local boy leaving the nest for somewhere.
Whether it will be 5/1 second favourites FC Bayern is up for debate, as their fierce Bundesliga rivals will fight tooth and nail to stop such an eventuality happening, after losing Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski to the Bavarians since Pep Guardiola was named Allianz Arena chief in January 2013.
At this juncture, after Reus was strongly linked with a switch to Atletico by the Spanish press during the summer, a 2015 move to the current La Liga champions looks the best bet at 9/1.
Their city neighbours Real Madrid can be backed at 8/1 to beat Diego Simeone’s side to the punch.