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Arsenal in Bundesliga battle over £35m wonderkid

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Arsenal face competition from Bayern Munich in the race to sign German playmaker Mario Gotze.

The 19-year-old has been earning rave reviews in the Bundesliga, and already has nine full international caps to his name.

Regarded as the future of German football, Arsenal reportedly made a £35 million bid for the Borussia Dortmund player in the summer transfer window, but now Bayern have confirmed they are monitoring the player closely.

"Those kinds of comments are quite remarkable. There are three parties involved in a transfer. It remains to be seen whether the player agrees with him," chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told Sport Bild, referring to Dortmund supremo Hans-Joachim Watzke's comments that Gotze would not move to another German club.

"There's no doubt about it that Mario is a fantastic player. He fully deserves all the recent praise. He not only plays very spectacular, but is also quite efficient.

"And we all know that Bayern have a preference for players who represent Germany at international level..."

Contracted at Signal Iduna Park until 2014, Arsenal were one of a number of clubs across Europe keen to sign the player.


 

Arsene Wenger has since had a closer look at the player, with the Gunners drawing 1-1 against last season's Bundesliga champions in the opening game of their Champions League campaign.

And Arsenal will again get to look at the player when they meet at the Emirates in week five of the competition on November 23rd.

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