Liverpool and Tottenham have missed out on Mario Gotze after the Bayern Munich attacker rejoined Borussia Dortmund in a five-year deal, according to popular German tabloid Bild.
Gotze joined Die Borussen as an eight-year-old and made his Bundesliga debut with the club in 2009. Dortmund flourished during the 2012-13 in Europe, with Marco Reus, Gotze and Robert Lewandowski arguably the most potent attacking trio in the Champions League.
However, in the month prior to the final between Bayern and Dortmund, an announcement was made regarding the transfer of Gotze to BVB’s bitter rivals.
Dortmund’s fans were disgusted with the midfielder’s broken promises regarding comments that he wanted to stay with the club, and labelled him as a traitor.
Therefore, it seemed likely that if Gotze was to depart the Allianz Arena, anywhere but his former club would be a more likely destination.
Tottenham seemed to be a promising venture, considering the fact that Mauricio Pochettino’s side were in the title race until the final month of the season, whilst at Liverpool a reunion with Jürgen Klopp beckoned.
However, the German football world will be rocked by the announcement made by Christian Falk, chief of sport Bild.
— Christian Falk (@cfbayernEN) July 15, 2016
There are a number of Dortmund fans who will be outraged with the move, but there is no doubting Gotze’s ability. Should Thomas Tuchel be able to encourage the 23-year-old to rediscover his old form with the club, Bayern will no doubt regret letting him go.
For Tottenham, it seems that they have turned to Georginio Wijnaldum as an alternative to Gotze. Newcastle value him at £27m, but Daniel Levy is unlikely to part with such a vast sum.
In Liverpool’s case, an attacking midfielder is not as desperately required with Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino available to Klopp. Regardless, missing out on one of his favourite players will be a sure blow to the German.