Liverpool have been heavily linked with the signing of Mario Gotze in recent weeks.
The German midfielder was reportedly told to find a new club by incoming Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti and he was linked with a sensational reunion with Jurgen Klopp in England.
Klopp handed Gotze his senior debut for Borussia Dortmund and they went on to win two Bundesliga titles, the German Cup while they also reached the Champions League final.
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Just when a move from Munich to Merseyside was starting to look likely, Gotze threw a massive spanner in the works.
"I look forward to the new season in Munich and will do everything possible to compete in top shape during my first training under Carlo Ancelotti,” the midfielder said, per Bild on Monday.
But that quote is hardly conclusive. He hasn’t exactly committed his future to Bayern and hasn’t ruled out a transfer to Liverpool - or Borussia Dortmund who are also reportedly interesting in re-signing him.
Many Liverpool supporters still held out hope that their club could still sign Gotze, despite those comments.
However, they have just been dealt a huge blow in their chase for the World Cup winner in the form of his father.
Gotze's father's comments
Jurgen Gotze has rubbished any suggestion that his son is close to a move to Liverpool, claiming he hasn’t even discussed a transfer to the Reds with him.
"I don't know anything about an alleged imminent transfer to Liverpool," he told Suddeutsche Zeitung, per ESPN.
"Mario is my son, we talk to each other. I would know about it."
So, it really does seem that Liverpool won’t be completing the signing of the 23-year-old.
Gotze's split with his agency
Recently, Gotze split with his agency firm Sport Total. It was unclear what this meant in terms of his future - but it’s obvious they didn’t see eye-to-eye regarding Gotze’s future.
Volder Struth, CEO of Sport Total said: “After extensive deliberations and discussions in the past few weeks, we have come together to decide that we terminate the cooperation. Therefore we met for a joint discussion and parted by mutual consent. I thank him for his many years of trust and wish him well for the future.”
While Gotze added: "I thank SportsTotal for a very good cooperation with many highlights and great memories that have shaped my career decisively."
While the chance to sign Gotze isn’t completely gone for Liverpool, it appears the likelihood of pulling off the deal is slowly diminishing.