Well, just when we thought this rumour would be dead and buried..
It was only last week when Mario Gotze told press he would be staying at Bayern Munich. Days later, Sport-BILD are suggesting that it is still likely he will move on from Munich this summer, with the German club actively trying to shift the player, who they say will not feature regularly under Carlo Ancelotti next season.
BILD say that Gotze only sacked his agent because he was pushing for a transfer to Liverpool, a club the player was not interested in joining because of their lack of European football – despite the presence of former boss Jurgen Klopp.
Gotze, they say, may be more interested in a move to Arsenal this summer, who will play in the Champions League once again next season. Gotze turns 24 tomorrow but he failed to progress how many would have hoped due to limited game time in Munich. A transfer would certainly be beneficial for his career and it is possible that Arsenal could be a good destination for him to flourish and fulfil the potential that once saw him dubbed ‘the next Messi’.
A good Euro 2016 for Gotze and it may spark interest from the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona, two clubs who he would love to transfer too.
The links to Arsenal will continue throughout the summer, with Arsene Wenger’s admiration for the player clear. Arsenal don’t really need a player of his ilk right now, but he could possibly play on the left-wing, a position that could be improved upon with Alex Iwobi playing their in the seasons latter stages.
Personally, with the tiny asking price (around £18million) that Munich are asking for Gotze, I think we’d be mad not to sign him, and sell Theo Walcott. That would allow Alexis Sanchez to play in his favoured right-wing role and Gotze to play as a wide playmaker on the left. Do you agree on not? Tweet me personally at @OliPriceBates to let me know your opinion on this one!