Liverpool think they could acquire Mario Gotze for as little as £15m this summer writes respected journalist Andy Hunter in the Guardian.
His report claims that although Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich want to recoup the £30m they paid for the former Borussia Dortmund player, Liverpool reckon a bid of between £15m-£20m will suffice because Gotze’s contract expires in summer 2017. So far, there have been no negotiations to extend it.
£15m for the scorer of the winning goal in the World Cup 2014 final would be a complete bargain. Southampton signed Shane Long for that kind of money, Sunderland spent it on Steven Fletcher. £15m buys you squad players nowadays, not potentially world-class playmakers with heaps of Champions League and title winning pedigree – especially when they’re still only 23-years-old…
In fact, we’d likely recoup more than £15m for Christian Benteke, who the report suggests will be offloaded, so we’d be effectively swapping the Belgian for Gotze and making some money in the process!
The Guardian reckon Arsenal are also interested in Gotze, but that the lure of Jurgen Klopp will be too strong for the attacking midfielder.
Under Klopp, Gotze scored 31 goals in 116 Borussia Dortmund matches, and has since notched 34 in 105 for Bayern. As brilliant as Coutinho is, his goalscoring is not quite near that standard – especially considering the shots on goal he takes per match.
Combining the two in attacking midfield though sounds a mouthwatering prospect. Let’s make it happen.