United dealt decisive blow in German wonderkid chase

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Manchester United appear set to miss out on German target Mario Gotze, as do Italian giants Inter Milan.

The 19-year-old playmaker has been heavily linked with a move away from the Bundesliga this summer, with claims as recently as yesterday that Sir Alex Ferguson had made contact over a move for the player in Bild.

With speculation rife that the Serie 'A' side were also considering a move for the teenager, agent Voler Struth has moved quickly to quash rumours that his client is set to move away from Borussia Dortmund.

"There is no way he's going to that club," Struth told Sportitalia in relation to the interest of Inter.

"The player does not want to leave the Bundesliga or Borussia Dortmund and wants to remain their this season."

Whilst referring to the interest of the Italian side, the comments provide a clear message to other potential suitors, most notably Manchester United.


The Red Devils have been pursuing the player amidst uncertainty over their chase of Dutch international Wesley Sneijder, ironically from Inter Milan, with Manchester United seeing Gotze as a potential replacement for the retired Paul Scholes.

Ferguson has re-built at Old Trafford this summer, with an impressive crop of youngsters helping Manchester United make a fast start in the Barclays Premier League with wins over West Brom and Spurs.

Gotze could have joined Ashley Young, David De Gea and Phil Jones as big-money signings in the summer transfer window, but Manchester United will now have to turn their attentions elsewhere if they want to sign a player in the position.

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