According to a couple of reports in Germany, Mario Gotze is talking to Arsenal about a possible summer move as he deliberates whether to sign an extension at Borussia Dortmund.
The 26-year-old, most famous for scoring the goal that won Germany the World Cup in 2014, will be out of contract at the Westfalenstadion in 2020 and has been in talks about a new deal.
It appears that Dortmund are unwilling to renew on the lucrative terms the midfielder currently enjoys and that he’s started to look elsewhere.
Links with Gotze stretch back to 2011 when Arsene Wenger was keeping tabs on the promising teenager during his first spell at Dortmund. He ended up moving to Bayern Munich for three seasons – a decision he later said he regrets – before making a return ‘home’ in 2016.
He hasn’t had much luck with injuries since the World Cup in Brazil. A bad hamstring injury at the Allianz Arena was followed in 2017 by a diagnosis of a rare muscle disorder, myopathy. He didn’t play for Dortmund for the best part of half a year and he subsequently lost his place in the national team.
In the last 12 months, he’s been back playing regularly (seven goals and seven assists in 34 appearances) but it’s probably fair to say that he’s not quite hit the heights that might have been expected of him when he burst through the ranks. You know, that World Cup-winning goal aside.
It’s hard to tell if there’s any truth to this story. It could be a play on the part of the agent to squeeze more money from Dortmund, it could be that we found a loose page of Sven Mislintat’s little black book or it could be absolute guff. It’s very hard to tell at the moment. That said, the player did post what reads like a farewell message to the Dortmund fans in a recent article on The Players’ Tribune.
Obviously, we’re losing Aaron Ramsey this summer and there are suggestions that we’d be open to letting Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan depart, so it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that we’re sniffing around.
In just over 24 hours time it’ll be easier to assess which fork in the road we’ll take in the transfer market. One way, powered by Champions League riches, should see us compete for some household names while also trying to snap up promising youngsters. The other, due to another year in the Europa League, could see us focus on the latter.
We asked our resident BVB expert Lewis Ambrose for this thoughts on the rumours. This is what he had to say: