Liverpool have moved a step closer in their attempt to sign Mario Gotze.
According to El Confidencial reporter Kike Marin, the Reds have begun negotiations with Bayern Munich over a proposed move.
The unsettled playmaker has only made 13 appearances for the Bavarians this season and it seems for all the world that Gotze will be sold in the summer.
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Thomas Muller, Gotze’s Bayern and Germany teammate, admitted the 23-year-old isn’t “100 per cent satisfied” at the Allianz Arena, and Liverpool certainly presents an ideal landing spot.
A move to Anfield would see Gotze reunite with former Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp. The charismatic manager introduced Gotze to Dortmund’s first-team and the pair won two Bundesliga titles together.
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A return to Westfalenstadion has also been touted, with Bayern legend Lothar Matthaus claiming the moves makes sense for both parties.
But it would appear that Liverpool have stolen a march in the chase for the World Cup winner.
Marin’s tweeted late on Monday: “Liverpool are already negotiating the signing of Mario Gotze, who [would be] welcomed back alongside Jurgen Klopp.”
Liverpool fans were quick to reply to Marin, with one asking how optimistic the journalist is.
“A lot,” Marin replied.
Muller isn’t the only person to notice a change in Gotze’s attitude.
Germany manager Joachim Low admitted he has spoken to the midfielder about his Bayern predicament.
“I can understand the situation at Bayern, to an extent, from afar," Low said, per Sky Sports. "Mario has long been injured this season and there have been very, very important matches.
“I’ve noticed in training that, in regards to his fitness and form, Mario isn't yet where he was before his injury. You can see he's lacking match practice, but I will definitely count on him for the European championships.
"Gotze is special"
“It’s always worth it to support Mario, because he can do things which other players can't do.
“We had great talks about his situation and there will of course be a new coach in Bayern next season so the first thing he should do is talk to the new coach.”
Low watched Gotze score the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final but the German’s promising career has fallen flat since.
He made just his sixth league start of the season in Bayern’s 1-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday and, with Euro 2016 awaiting in June, the last place Gotze would have wanted to spend the majority of the season is on the bench.
A player of Gotze’s talent should be flaunting his skills on the pitch. At Liverpool, the stage will be his.