Arsenal are lining up a stunning £30million January move for German wunderkind Mario Gotze reports the Daily Mirror.
Borussia Dortmund have insisted that the 19-year-old forward is not for sale at any price, but that won't deter the Barclays Premier League suitors from attempting to prise him away from the Bundesliga.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is desperate to make a move for Gotze in January, and steal a march on the likes of Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.
Gotze has long been Arsenal's No.1 transfer target, but it is the apparent size of the New Year deal that seems to be the major surprise.
The move is designed as a statement of intent aimed at the likes of captain Robin van Persie, who currently only has 18 months to run on the contract that currently ties him to the Emirates Stadium.
Wenger wants to prove that Arsenal are determined to try to compete at the highest level and are ready to spend big money when the transfer window reopens.
Gotze would be a top quality signing who could help push the Gunners towards finishing in the UEFA Champions League qualification places.
Arsenal made an enquiry about him in the summer, but it is believed Wenger left it too late to get a deal done in time.
The frugal Frenchman is yet to break the £20million barrier in his 15 years spell at Arsenal, but the club are now ready to make a splash.
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