Clubs around Europe were put on high alert, after Borussia Dortmund’s biggest secret was made public. The Daily Mail reports that Mario Gotze has a £30 million buy out clause in his contract which needs to activated by April next year.
The 20 year old who has shone in the Champions League this season, has a host of big clubs keeping an eye on him, two of them being Arsenal and Manchester United according to the Daily Mail.
Gotze is one of the brightest up and coming stars in the world and has become a household name all over the globe, with his 20 caps for Germany and appearances for Dortmund.
At the age of 20 the German international has a huge pedigree, helping Dortmund win back to back titles and signed a new contract to stay with the Bundesliga champions until 2016.
Arsenal have been tracking the play-maker for some time and its not surprising. He has all the flicks and tricks that a player (and fans) would want but also has an eye for goal, without forgetting his teammates; setting up five goals in 14 starts for Dortmund, while bagging five for himself. He would fit perfectly alongside Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla at the Emirates, but with the likes of Manchester United and Real Madrid pursuing, do Arsenal still have that attraction?
Sir Alex Ferguson will see Gotze as the closest thing to Cristiano Ronaldo available, with the touch, vision and counter attacking threat he posses and we know United are willing to pay the £30 million that would be needed to gain the German, which in the past years Arsenal have not.
The £30 million price tag on his head sounds a lot for a 20 year old who has never experienced English football but in the current climate it seems feasible, especially with the money that has been bouncing around for young players in the premier league in the last couple of transfer windows.
With the likes of Jordan Henderson £16 million, Stewart Downing £20 million and Andy Carroll £35 million, the hottest prospect on the continent is defiantly worth £30 million.
If he is to come to England the club that his club of choice is surely Manchester United. If he wants to add to his trophy cabinet and develop as a player, Manchester United has to be shining bright in front of Arsenal , as it’s the Old Trafford outfit pushing for titles and silverware.
It’s a sad state of affairs for English football to have to say it will be a backwards step for the German to move to North London from his present employers. Dortmund are currently third in the league and top of the toughest group in the champions league, consisting of Manchester City, Real Madrid and Ajax, putting in some memorable performances against the elite of world football.
If the choice is England for the young German the destination has to be Old Trafford.