By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Mario Gotze has delivered a blow to Tottenham by agreeing to re-join Borussia Dortmund, according to a report.
Christian Falk, the football editor of Germany publication Bild, claimed on Friday that Dortmund will pay £23.3million to sign Gotze from Bayern Munich this summer.
Falk said on his personal Twitter account that Gotze has agreed a five-year contract with his former club that runs until 2021 and added that the deal was “done”.
— Christian Falk (@cfbayernEN) July 15, 2016
As reported by Football Insider, Tottenham have twice met with the father of Gotze in recent weeks to talk about a potential transfer to White Hart Lane.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino is in the market for an inventive attacking midfielder to strengthen his squad ahead of the new season.
Speculation has also linked the 24-year-old with a move to Liverpool, which would have seen the World Cup winner work with manager Jurgen Klopp for a second time.
But the reunion will reportedly now take place at Dortmund after Bayern made it clear that they are willing to offload him this summer.
Gotze emerged through the ranks at Klopp’s former club to score 31 goals and supply 44 assists in 116 matches before quitting for Germany’s biggest club in 2013.
Gotze has remained productive at the Allianz Arena, scoring 36 goals in 114 matches in all competitions, but he has not always been a first-choice player and had a difficult 2015-16 campaign in which he missed six months with hamstring and thigh problems.
The Germany international remains a key player for the national team and Dortmund will regard it as a huge coup that they have signed such a creative talent for £23million with his peak years ahead of him.
In other Tottenham transfer news, Inter Milan have lined up a sensational offer for a Spurs regular and have offered a player in exchange.