Borussia Dortmund have told Arsenal that Mario Gotze is not for sale in January – unless they stump up £30million for him reports talkSPORT.
The 19-year-old playmaker has been heavily linked with a move away from the German giants, and after the club's elimination from the UEFA Champions League last night - fears are growing about Gotze's future.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is a known admirer of the attacking midfielder, who is under contract at Dortmund until 2014, and may look to engineer a move to the Emirates Stadium in January.
But if Arsenal are serious about signing Gotze, then Wenger will be forced to go against his principles, and pay an extravagant transfer fee for the Germany international.
Dortmund are not keen on selling in the New Year, but a club source admitted: "Every player has a price, though, and for Gotze it is £30m."
The fact that Gotze was left angered by the club's 'disastrous' European exit may also help push through a deal, after Dortmund lost 3-2 to Marseille on Tuesday night.
"We are so stupid to be out of Europe," he said. "We should never lose matches the way we did against Marseille.
"We are to blame and I have to say sorry to the club and the fans."