Dortmund react to rumour that Kagawa was bought to replace Reus

Atletico Madrid, Arsenal and Liverpool were all keen on Marco Reus and there were rumours that Manchester United's sale of Kagawa could liberate the German.

Could Arsenal or Liverpool have been the clubs to benefit the most from Borussia Dortmund's £8 million capture of former Manchester United playmaker Shinji Kagawa?

There has been much speculation that the arrival of the 25-year-old Japan international could have acted as the catalyst for the big-money sale of German forward Marco Reus and, considering the press attention his contractual situation received throughout the summer, combined with the revelation that Arsenal attempted a £40 million+ bid for the attacker on transfer deadline day - that notion appears to have credence.

Borussia Dortmund chairman Hans-Joachim Watzke has responded to these reports by issuing a clear statement - the two BvB favourites can play together, at the Westfalenstadion.

Sport-BILD imply that Watzke is unconvinced that Reus will leave the Bundesliga side for €25 million next summer as "Marco and Shinji can play perfectly together," he asserted recently.

"We have a great mix of dynamism, security [in the way we play] football and experience.

"We need to keep [Kagawa and Reus] there - [they are] two top players in the game."

Watzke believes Kagawa's form and the way Dortmund will compete this season will inspire Reus to remain with the club: "Marco sees what is emerging here, I'm sure."

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