By Germany correspondent Hans Matthias
Mario Gotze could join Liverpool for just £20million in the summer, Football Insider sources understand.
The versatile forward was rated by Bayern Munich in the £50million bracket after his first season at the club ended with him scoring the winning goal for Germany in the 2014 World Cup final.
But Gotze’s value has dropped markedly in the subsequent two years as he has struggled to establish himself as an integral member of Pep Guardiola’s side.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who brought Gotze through the ranks at Borussia Dortmund, is keen on taking advantage of the uncertainty surrounding the 23-year-old’s situation this summer.
Gotze’s Bayern contract expires in 2017 and he has yet to open talks over a new one.
In a season in which he was sidelined for months through injury, the Germany international has also struggled for game time for the Bundesliga leaders and Champions League quarter-finalists.
A Germany source has told Football Insider that the combination of Gotze’s contract, form and diminished status at Bayern mean the club are unlikely to be able to command a fee of more than £20million in the summer.
In turn, the Germany World Cup winner has admitted in the past he could leave Bayern at the end of the season and has spoken of his excellent relationship with Klopp.
Incoming Bayern manager Carlo Ancelotti will have a say in Gotze’s future but the player is in a strong position to push for a summer transfer.
The scorer of the winning goal in Germany’s 2014 World Cup final win over Argentina had a terrific record at Dortmund under Klopp, scoring 31 goals and supplying 44 assists from 116 appearances.
In other Liverpool transfer news, Klopp has already begun to look towards a summer revamp with his scouts checking out a potential £12million player.