Days after it was revealed that Mario Gotze had made up his mind to leave Bayern Munich, it seems the German playmaker has reached an agreement to sign for another club.
Liverpool, Tottenham and Borussia Dortmund have all been linked with the 24-year-old, who scored the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final - but it’s the German club who appear to have won the race for his signature, according to Bild.
Gotze has agreed to return to Signal Iduna Park, three years after leaving his boyhood team, but Dortmund still need to agree a fee with Bayern before the transfer is finalised.
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It’s understood that BVB have bid €23 million for Gotze; a figure marginally short of Bayern’s €27 million asking price.
But given Gotze’s desire to leave the Allianz Arena, that fee might prove sufficient for the deal to be concluded.
Gotze initially wanted to stay with Bayern
Gotze had initially planned to stay put with the German champions, but that decision was questioned by Bayern’s CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
"We made everything clear to Mario," Rummenigge was quoted as telling German publication Kicker. "He knows what the club thinks and he knows what the future coach thinks.
"Mario has to consider for himself whether he wants to constantly get minutes."
The message to Gotze was crystal clear: be prepared to spend more time on the bench, even though Pep Guardiola has been replaced by Carlo Ancelotti.
Bayern move hasn't worked out for Gotze
Bayern, under orders from Guardiola, signed Gotze in 2013 in the hope that he could become their new manager’s version of Lionel Messi.
But the move hasn’t worked out as well as either the player or club would have hoped for.
A move back to Dortmund, working under the impressive Thomas Tuchel, could be exactly what Gotze requires to get his career back on track.
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