Arsenal will have to pay £30 million if they are to prise German sensation Mario Goetze away from Borussia Dortmund during the January transfer window, according to the Daily Mail.
The Gunners have been admirers of the 19-year-old’s talents for some time, with the north London outfit sending two scouts to Germany to watch the youngster score the winner in his side’s 1-0 victory over Bayern Munich on Saturday.
According to the paper, boss Arsene Wenger will use his side’s UEFA Champions League tie against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday to run the rule over Goetze before making a firm offer, with chief executive Ivan Gazidis and key negotiator Richard Law set to fly to Germany to register an interest with Dortmund later this week ahead of the January transfer window.
However their interest is likely to be rebuffed, and with a £30 million price tag slapped on the player Arsenal would have to pay almost double their current record transfer fee – around £15 million for Russian forward Andrey Arshavin – in order to secure the talented attacking midfielder’s services.
The Gunners are said to be preparing a raid for Goetze in January however Dortmund want to keep hold of the German international until the end of the season before considering offers.
With the departures of Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy over the summer, Wenger is said to have around £50 million to bolster his squad having endured his worst start to a season since the Frenchman arrived in North London 15 years ago, and Goetze is believed to be at the very top of his list.