Mario Gotze has given the clearest indication yet that he will make a decision whether to leave Bayern Munich this summer, with Liverpool a potential destination.
The playmaker, who signed for Bayern in 2013, is out of contract in 2017, and has yet to be offered a renewal by the club. Legendary Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti is taking over in the summer, but he’s not contacted Gotze either – meaning the 23-year-old will choose his options either before or after Euro 2016.
“Right now, there are no talks,” he told Sport Bild, cited in the Echo. “Not with the club and not with Carlo Ancelotti.”
“I don’t have a concrete schedule. I can’t say whether a decision about my future will be made before or after the European Championships.
“I know that for instance [Dortmund captain] Mats Hummels has said he wants clarity before the tournament, but Toni Kroos [in 2014] only made his decision [to join Real Madrid from Bayern] after the World Cup. Everything’s open.”
The fact Gotze has name-dropped Kroos, who left Bayern to join Real Madrid, and Mats Hummels, who’s being linked all over Europe – suggests to us that he’s considering leaving as well.
Despite enormous talent, Gotze has never been an automatic selection under Pep Guardiola. It seemed after his World Cup Final winning goal in 2014 that he’d develop into one of Europe’s best players, but he’s not been able to maximise his potential – partly because Thomas Muller plays in his natural position most of the time.
We’d absolutely love to offer Gotze a fresh start in England. He’d be able to form a potentially wonderful attacking midfield triumvirate with Coutinho and Roberto Firmino at Liverpool – which is all the more exciting as they’re all yet to reach their peak.
Klopp will make moves in the transfer market this summer; that much is certain. But acquiring Gotze would send out a real signal of intent to the entire footballing world.