Liverpool’s chances of signing Bayern Munich’s superb playmaker Mario Gotze now look slim, it’s a shame for us to report.
This is because the 23-year-old is now expected to re-sign for his former club Borussia Dortmund – who have a big advantage in that they have a player Bayern are desperate to acquire themselves this summer…
Respected German journalist Raphael Honigstein suggests that Gotze and Mats Hummels will likely exchange clubs, with Bayern giving BVB some cash for the defender on top.
Götze: Dortmund confident he wants to come back. But negotiations with Bayern have not started. Complicated by Hummels. (1)
— Raphael Honigstein (@honigstein) 2 May 2016
Dortmund hinting at possibility to pick Götze up for free in 2017. Most likely outcome: part-exchange plus € for Hummels this summer. (2) — Raphael Honigstein (@honigstein) 2 May 2016
Honigstein writes in his ESPN column that Dortmund are not worried about a fan backlash, and claim the attacking midfielder has already privately agreed a return to Signal Iduna Park.
We’ve been heavily linked with Gotze for months, but recent reports suggest we have turned our attentions elsewhere.
Scouts went to watch PSG’s Javier Pastore at the weekend (France Football) and Andriy Yarmolenko’s agent has been to Liverpool’s London offices (The Express) as well.
Gotze would have undeniably been one of the most exciting marquee signings in many a season, but sadly, it looks like the World Cup winner may be playing it safe and staying in the Bundesliga.