This summer Premier League clubs look set to fight it out for Borussia Dortmund playmaker Mario Gotze. The one-time wunderkind is out of contract at Signal Iduna Park this summer and, according to Bild, West Ham United and Everton are both keen on the £170k-a-week 2014 World Cup hero.
A free agent of this quality, amid the current global health crisis and subsequent financial pinch, could be like gold dust.
It is certainly hard to believe that four years ago, when Gotze headed back to Dortmund following an unhappy stay at Bayern Munich, that Liverpool were very keen.
Jurgen Klopp was a huge fan of his former player and it appeared the Reds were hoping to do a deal for the player. Indeed, The Guardian reported that Liverpool were ready to pay £20 million for the privilege.
However, it soon became clear that Gotze was keen on a Dortmund return and Liverpool had to rethink their plans.
According to The Guardian, that is when Liverpool stepped away from Gotze and made a move for Southampton forward Sadio Mane. The Senegalese attacker headed to Anfield in a deal reportedly (BBC) worth around £34 million.
Liverpool fans will certainly be glad with how things turned out. Mane now helps spearhead the world’s most feared attacking unit with Liverpool easily the best team in England at present. The 27-year-old has scored 77 goals in 161 games for the Reds and a recent report from The Mirror detailed how Mane could be valued at around £225 million.
Meanwhile, Gotze has struggled with injuries and form and is now hunting for a contract with the perennial Premier League mid-tablers. Another masterstroke from the Klopp era at Liverpool, even if it was stumbled upon.