The Gunners have been encouraged in their pursuit of Bayern Munich attacking midfielder Mario Gotze, after the player revealed he wants a move to Arsenal, and the Premier League club are, as per Metro plotting a £49.6m move for the German.
The aforementioned source says Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was keen to land Gotze in 2013, but negotiations did not yield any good result. However, it seems the Frenchman will finally land his man this summer.
The Bayern Munich play-maker has struggled for game time at the Bundesliga outfit and has reportedly had fall-outs with coach Pep Guardiola. He is now looking to leave the Allianz Arena.
Gotze is also on the radar of Massimiliano Allegri-led Juventus. However, Metro reckons Arsenal’s spending power could make Gotze make a switch to the Premier League with the Gunners.
The 23-year old World Cup winner is disillusioned with life at the Allianz Arena and has declared he could consider his options if his strained relationship with boss Pep Guardiola does not improve.
“We will see what happens. We will see if he (Guardiola) will speak to me more often,” said Gotze, after scoring for the Bavarian giants in their pre-season win over AC Milan
“Now I will just let things come to me. For everything else we will have to see.”
Gotze was partly inconsistent last term and he got dropped in some crucial matches for the BuLi champions last term, notable among them being the Champions League semi-final. He scored nine goals in 32 league appearances – 28 as starts. The gifted play-marker has courted interest also from Arsenal’s Premier League rivals including Man United and Chelsea but the Emirates is seeming the most likely destination.
The Germany international was used for only 26 minutes in Bayern’s opening game of the season against Hamburg on Friday, as the Bundesliga champions won 5-0.
Although Arsenal supporters may question why Wenger wants to bring in a player similar to those they already have in the squad, the former Dortmund ace’s arrival will no doubt strengthen the team as they seek to win the Premier League title.