Invincibles legend Lauren claimed last summer that Arsenal should consider a move to lure Mario Gotze to The Emirates – and now the German World Cup winner has confirmed he is leaving Borussia Dortmund on a free.
Gotze, 27, has confirmed his exit this summer with his current Dortmund contract set to expire in June. He is on the fringes of Lucien Favre’s squad, having played just 19 times in all competitions and scoring three goals this term.
His move to Bayern Munich stunted the excellent progress he was making, though he did score the winner in the 2014 World Cup final. A return to Dortmund saw him pick up a metabolic disorder, and he is yet to return to his best.
Speaking to SportBild, Gotze stated that he will leave at the end of June: “After intensive considerations, I decided to make a change in my career. I took necessary time because it is an important step for me to set the course for the future.”
Likely to be one of the most in-demand free agents of this summer’s window, Gotze is said to want a move abroad from the Bundesliga – having spent his entire career in his home country. Clubs from Italy and England have been linked.
Certainly, a move to the Premier League could materialise with clubs such as Everton and West Ham touted to make a move for the 61-time Germany international. Gunners icon and retired right-back Lauren was quoted by the Express last summer.
“Mario Gotze is also another very good player that has been linked with Arsenal and he could do a great job at replacing Ramsey in Arsenal’s midfield,” Lauren said about the German playmaker.
So, with Mesut Ozil potentially leaving and Arsenal certainly in need of a goalscoring midfielder, Gotze would be a top addition. Now available on a free transfer, Lauren’s wish that Gotze will pull on an Arsenal jersey could come true.