Arsenal look to have missed out on Borussia Dortmund star Mario Gotze after reports in Germany claimed he had agreed to join Pep Guardiola’s revolution at Bayern Munich. The 20-year-old has emerged as one of the most coveted talents in Europe but it is the Bavarian giants who look to have won the race after triggering the forward’s €37million (£32m) release clause.
According to Bild, the German international has already signed a long-term deal worth $7m a year (£6m). Gotze has scored 14 goals for his club this season and won 22 caps for Germany. Online sports betting at Top Bet saw heavy action on Arsenal, who was rumoured to have acquired Goetze this summer after a 30 million bid from the team. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger had been prepared to finally splash the cash this summer and meet Gotze’s release clause but he will now have to look elsewhere.
The youngster had looked set to remain at the Westfalenstadion for another year having apparently set his sights on a move to Barcelona but against all odds, he has crossed the great German divide and moved to Bayern.
‘I am very happy at Dortmund and satisfied with the way we are progressing as a team,’ he said earlier this month. ‘Any thoughts about playing for another team are very much for the future, but Real Madrid, Barcelona or Manchester United could be interesting.
‘But I’m not thinking of that at the moment. ‘I’m happy in Dortmund and very happy how things are going. Therefore, it is still a bit away’
(Goetze speaking on transfer speculations)
How did Arsenal loose out to Bayern in the race for Goetze? It wasn’t really down to cash as they were willing to pay Dortmund his release clause but they lost the young German international to lack of ambition. The 8 trophyless seasons have made Arsenal unappealing to top players especially the coveted ones. Goetze won’t be impressed leaving a title winning and contending side like Dortmund for a club that is contended with a top 4 finish which is what Arsenal have become in recent times. Bayern represents a step up for him. Our lack of trophies have made us loose our top stars, now, we cannot seem to attract them.
Now the Goetze has slipped out of our grasp, it’s high time we turn attention to Isco or Marco Reus. Hopefully, they won’t scorn us.