Arsenal & United dealt €40m playmaker blow

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Borussia Dortmund have reiterated their desire to keep German international starlet Mario Gotze.

The 19-year-old sensation was been heavily linked with a move to England in the recently closed transfer window, with both Manchester United and Arsenal reported to have made a bid for the €40 million-rated midfielder.

Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich have also joined the chase for the player, but coach Jurgen Klopp is confident of keeping the player at Signal Iduna Park.

“To be honest, anyone not interested in Mario Goetze would be crazy,” Klopp said at a press conference.

“If the kid continues to grow, he will become a target for Bayern Munich, but that does not necessarily mean he will go there.

”For now, there is nothing more to say about it. Mario is very happy with us and we are completely satisfied with the situation.”

After failing in their efforts to sign the player this summer, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger turned his attentions elsewhere to strengthen their midfield.

Yossi Benayoun moved to the Emirates on loan, whilst the Gunners also landed Mikel Arteta on deadline day - a player seen as an ideal replacement for departed Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas.


The club also spent big enhancing elsewhere, with defenders Per Mertesacker and Andre Santos joining the ranks, whilst Park Chu-Young strengthened the Arsenal attacking line.

Manchester United also spent big, bringing Phil Jones, Ashley Young and David de Gea to the club before the start of the Barclays Premier League season.

However, the Red Devils were constantly linked with attacking midfielder, most notably Wesley Sneijder, as Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson looked to find a replacement for Paul Scholes.

Gotze undoubtedly fits into the Scholes 'mould', which explains the interest of Manchester United in the player, but it appears his immediate future lies in Germany.

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