Liverpool have been dealt a serious blow in pursuit of arguably our top summer transfer target with Mario Gotze’s revelation that he wants to stay at Bayern Munich.
The Reds have consistently been linked with Gotze, who had a great relationship with Jurgen Klopp while at Borussia Dortmund, ahead of the reopening of transfer window.
The Germany international has found regular football hard to come by at Bayern, making only 11 Bundesliga starts this season, and had been tipped for a fresh start.
But Gotze has told Bild that he is “looking forward to the new Bayern season”, when Carlo Ancelotti will replace Manchester City-bound Pep Guardiola as Munich’s manager.
“I will do everything possible to compete in top shape during my first training session with Carlo Ancelotti,” Gotze is quoted as saying by the reputable German paper.
According to Bild, the World Cup winner has split with his agent of six years, which suggests that he was unhappy with the direction in which Volker Struth was leading him.
This comes as a real surprise considering Gotze’s stuttering career at the Allianz Arena, and a major setback to our hopes of reuniting the 23-year-old with Klopp at Anfield.
Gotze’s words do not rule out him leaving Bayern eventually. He only has one year left on his contract, and Klopp’s presence makes us well positioned to sign him in the future.
This might not be the end of the saga for this summer yet either, but it seems as though Klopp might have to at least explore alternatives as Gotze starts to slip through our grasp.
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