By Germany correspondent Hans Matthias
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Mario Gotze agreed a £175,000-a-week deal to join Liverpool last week before he switched agents, according to Kicker.
The Bayern Munich playmaker was on the verge of a sensational transfer to Anfield until he changed representatives on Monday.
Respected German publication Kicker claim a £19million move to Liverpool had been agreed by Gotze’s former agents Sports Total that would have lifted his wages to an annual £9.1million.
However, the transfer dramatically collapsed on Monday when Gotze hired a combination of his family and Munich-based agent Professor Peter Duvinage to be his new representatives.
Gotze then seemingly delivered a huge blow to Liverpool by revealing his intention to stay at Bayern and fight for his place next season.
“I look forward to the new season in Munich and will do everything possible to be in top shape for my first training session under Carlo Ancelotti,” Gotze said, as quoted by German publication Bild.
However, in a stunning twist, Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has urged Gotze to reconsider his public stance that he will stay at the club.
The World Cup winner has plummeted down the pecking order at the Bundesliga champions and was widely expected to leave this summer with one year remaining on his contract.
Carlo Ancelotti has replaced Pep Guardiola in the Bayern dugout but that has changed little, according to Rummenigge.
“We made everything clear to Mario,” the chief executive told Kicker. “He knows what the club thinks and he knows what the future coach thinks.”
Rummenigge indicated that Gotze will see little playing time if he decides to see out his contract.
He said: “Mario has to consider for himself whether he wants to constantly get minutes.”
Liverpool have been leading the race to sign Gotze and were confident of wrapping up a deal of around £20million.
Manager Jurgen Klopp is close to Gotze after bringing him through the ranks at Borussia Dortmund and help nurture the playmaker into one of the most coveted young players in Europe.
The man who struck the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final scored 31 goals and supplied 44 assists in 116 Dortmund matches. He has been even more prolific at Bayern, scoring 36 goals in 114 matches.
Liverpool are keen to get their transfer window dealings done quickly, preferably before the first ball is kicked at the European Championships in June, and have already agreed the signing of one player from the Bundesliga.
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