9 Jan 2016

Great News: 'Miracle' £37m attacker admits transfer 'to Liverpool' is possible; confirms 'approach' must be made

Liverpool are reportedly considering a move for Bayern Munich attacker Mario Gotze, but what are the chances of a transfer actually taking place?

Prior to losing him to Bayern Munich, Klopp brought Gotze through Dortmund's youth system and into the first team (where he helped BVB win the league), so it makes sense that he'd want to bring him to Anfield.

Bayern Munich's Sporting Director, Matthias Sammer has already ruled out a move, and on Friday, he described the speculation as nonsense:

Gotze is, however, sending mixed signals about the rumours.

On Thursday, Gotze - rated at €50m (£37m) - hailed Klopp as a 'very good coach' and waxed lyrical about their 'outstanding cooperation' at Dortmund. He further added:

“I haven’t decided what will happen after the season. Everything depends on the plans of the new coach. I want to play. Everything else, we’ll see in the summer.”

On Friday, Gotze specifically addressed the Liverpool speculation:

"I can rule out a move to Liverpool this winter. I don't know where the rumours are coming from. You should ask Klopp if he wants me at Liverpool. If he wants me, he should approach me".

Based on his comments, it seems pretty clear to me:

* Gotze is clearly open to a Klopp reunion at Anfield, but he'll wait to see if he figures in Carlo Ancelotti's plans.

* He's using the Liverpool speculation to indirectly send a message to Bayern: Play me more, or I'll leave.

All of which is fair enough, especially given Xherdan Shaqiri's experience at Bayern. There are clear parallels between Gotze and Shaqiri (Excellent young players who struggled to become first choice at the Allianz Arena), and a new manager at the end of the season inevitably means more big signings (and more competition for Gotze's place in the team).

€50m seems like a huge transfer fee, but if Anthony Martial is worth £58m (a fee Manchester United may end up paying), then it could be argued that Gotze is a comparative bargain.

Author: Jaimie K


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