Mario Gotze is expected to leave Bayern Munich this summer. Well at least that is the opinion of former Bayern star Dietmar Hamann.
Hamann also believes Bayern Munich need someone like Angel Di Maria to refresh their ageing squad. What will Manchester United fans make of that?
Gotze has been used more sparingly by Pep Guardiola of late and was not deemed worthy of an inclusion from the star during crushing defeat to Barcelona last week.
The young German moved to Bayern from Borussia Dortmund for over £30m in 2013. Now, just two years later, there are suggestions the 22-year-old could leave the Allianz Arena.
Former Munich and Liverpool midfielder Hamann, in his column for Goal.com, said: "Mario Gotze is badly out of form and has hardly contributed for Bayern Munich this season.
"It would be best for the club and the player if he moved on this summer."
He added: "Bayern is clearly not the right club for him. There's a lot of press focus, fans turning up at training every day, it's intense in a way he doesn't seem to like.
"If you have signed at a big club for a lot of money and much is expected of you, sometimes you have to stick out your elbows and make people know you are there."
"Gotze seems to like a more harmonious atmosphere and Bayern are highly likely to sell him. He’s not happy at the club, and the club aren’t happy with him. When that’s the case it’s better all round to have a parting of the ways. Bayern will want to get back roughly what they paid for Gotze but whether anyone is willing to cop a £30m fee is another matter."
Could the man who scored the only goal in the 2014 World Cup final could be on his way out of Bayern Munich after just two years? Gotze did recently come under criticism from Bayern Munich and Germany legend Franz Beckenbauer, which has added to speculation.
If he were to become available - something that will no doubt depend on the future of the manager - then there surely will be no shortage of suitors.
Arsenal and Manchester United were both linked during his coveted days in Dortmund and it would be a safe bet to suggest they may reignite that interest once more if Bayern were to put Gotze out to market.
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