Bayern Munich attacker Mario Gotze would reportedly favour a move to the Emirates Stadium this summer following the uncertainty surrounding his future at the Allianz Arena.
The German international is expected to leave the Bundesliga champions. Speaking recently, he had vowed to remain at Bayern and fight for his place in the team but it appears the club’s hierarchy are no longer in need of his services and has been told to find a new club.
Former boss Pep Guardiola often overlooked him and as a result, he managed just 11 starts in the Bundesliga and featured for only six minutes in the Champions League last season.
In addition, he does not appear to be part of new boss Carlo Ancelotti’s plans also. He has strongly been linked with Premier League clubs Liverpool and Arsenal
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is keen to sign Gotze – whom he managed at Borussia Dortmund – as they plan to return to the Champions League. The Merseyside had relied on the relationship between the two to secure his signature.
However, according to the Express via the Sportbild, the forward has turned down the chance to reunite with his former boss stating that moving to Anfield would represent a move backwards in his career, as Liverpool cannot offer him European football next season.
The source stated that the Gotze would still savour joining the Gunners as we can offer him what he wants – Champions League football while it also stated that Spanish club Real Madrid and Barcelona are interested in the German forward.
The 23-year-old moved to Bayern Munich from Borussia Dortmund in 2013 and has just a year left on his current contract.
With his contract situation, he could be available for a fee below £20 million. With Danny Welbeck out injured and Olivier Giroud inconsistency, Gotze would represent a good purchase; Arsene Wenger should seize the opportunity and bid for the player.
Mesut Ozil who helped the North London outfit to finish second in the Premier League ten points behind Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester City. The German has delayed the contract talks with the North Londoners until after the European Championships this summer.
Although improbable but if the Gunners were to lose Ozil, then they should endeavour to replace him with an alternative. The 23-year-old German playmaker may not have blossomed into the player many expected at Bayern, but his form for Borussia Dortmund is proof of his recognisable talent and ability.
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