Arsenal & United dealt £35m 'new Messi' blow

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Arsenal and Manchester United have been dealt a decisive blow in their pursuit of German international midfielder Mario Gotze.

The 19-year-old Borussia Dortmund playmaker, dubbed the 'new Lionel Messi', was linked with a host of clubs across Europe in the summer transfer window with Bayern Munich and Inter Milan known to be keen.

The Gunners and Red Devils were involved in the chase from England and were both still thought to be keen, but agent Volker Struth insists the player is unlikely to leave Signal Iduna Park before the end of his current contract.

"We haven’t had any contact with Inter, nor have we spoken to anyone in Spain, England or Germany itself," Struth told Italian website Calcio Mercato.

"The player is very happy in Dortmund and has a contract until 2014. He is very unlikely to change teams before that date."

Arsenal were linked with a handful of midfielders in the summer transfer window, with Arsene Wenger eager to strengthen in the position at the Emirates following Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri's departure.

Mikel Arteta and Yossi Benayoun were both brought in to strengthen the Gunners in the position, but injuries to Abou Diaby and Jack Wilshere have exposed a fragile position for Arsenal so far this term.

The Frenchman is again expected to be busy in the transfer market, with Yann M'Vila and Gotze two possible targets, but the Arsenal boss may have to take the German teenager off his radar after the agent's comments.

Dortmund boss Jürgen Klopp will also be well aware of the interest from Manchester United in his prodigious talent, with the Red Devils eager to add an attacking midfielder at Old Trafford.


Sir Alex Ferguson was reported to be in the market for a player in the position after the retirement of Paul Scholes, with Dutch international Wesley Sneijder thought to be the favourite for a Manchester United move.

However, the English champions failed to snare the Inter midfielder, with Gotze reported to be the next £35 million target for Manchester United.

But, with Sneijder still on the radar and Gotze seemingly sticking in Germany, a Barclays Premier League swoop now appears unlikely.

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