Liverpool boost as CEO shares summer-long midfielder target is still available
By Harvey Byrne
Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge admits that the club are in talks to sell Mario Gotze to Borussia Dortmund, but has insisted that they are yet to reach an agreement over the midfielder.
The 24-year-old has been widely tipped to leave the Bundesliga giants this summer and has been linked with a move to Liverpool and Tottenham.
However, it was claimed on Thursday that the White Hart Lane club had given up with their pursuit of Gotze and would now be looking to sign Georginio Wijnaldum.
It was understood that the German international was on his way back to his former club Dortmund, and there were claims that a £23million transfer had already been agreed with both clubs.
However, Bayern Munich’s CEO Rummenigge has since denied claims that a deal has been agreed and has insisted that negotiations are still ongoing.
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“I can confirm that there have been talks with Borussia Dortmund and his advisers, but the whole thing is still not perfect,” said the CEO to German broadcaster Sport1.
“The teams must first agree on a transfer fee.”
Gotze emerged through the ranks under current Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp when the pair were at Dortmund together and he went on 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.
In other Liverpool transfer news, the Reds and Arsenal are monitoring Inter Milan midfielder Marcelo Brozovic.