Liverpool’s interest in signing Bayern Munich midfielder and German World Cup hero Mario Götze has been public knowledge for some time.
Though manager Jürgen Klopp has not spoken publicly about his interest, it is widely believed that he is very keen to be reunited with a player he knows very well from their time together at Borussia Dortmund.
Klopp is hoping to bring the 23 year old to Anfield this summer, and reports suggest that he could be available for just £20million given the fact that he only has one year remaining on his contract.
Various sources – including the Tony Barrett of the Times and Paul Joyce of the Express – have indicated that Götze is Liverpool’s number one transfer target this summer, and they will do everything they can to land him.
One encouraging sign for Klopp and Liverpool came last night when it was reported that new Bayern manager Carlo Ancelotti has effectively told Götze to find a new club for himself.
Götze has endured a frustrating time at Bayern since arriving in a €37m deal from Dortmund in 2013, and while he had been hoping to establish himself in the first team once Ancelotti replaced Pep Guardiola as his boss – but those hopes appear to have been dashed already.
German publication Sueddeutsche Zeitung reports that Ancelotti had a telephone conversation with the German interational this week and informed him that it if he expects to be starting every week for Bayern then it would probably be better for both club and player that he left the Allianz Arena.
The second boost for Liverpool came today, courtesy of Klopp’s old side Dortmund.
The German side were thought to be keen on a reunion with Götze (even if their fans weren’t keen), but have today confirmed that they have reached an agreement with Rennes for very highly-rated rated attacker Ousmane Dembélé.
As luck would have it, Liverpool were also thought to be in the running to sign the French under-21 international, and with Dortmund snapping him up (for a fee believed to be €15m plus add-ons) it would appear to rule them out of the running to bring Götze back to the Westfalenstadion.
Though all parties would appear keen to make this deal happen, it is by no means a formality. Even with Dortmund out of the running (assuming they are), Juventus still hold an interest in the player, as (apparently) do Arsenal, though they have other priorities to attend to first.
The possible lack of European football at Anfield could also be an issue. Though victory against Sevilla in next week’s Europa League final would guarantee them entry into next year’s Champions League, should they lose that match then their current Premier league position of eighth would rule them out of European competition altogether.
Seventh, meanwhile, would only be good enough for a Europa League place if Manchester United beat Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final later this month.