Liverpool have been linked with a move for Mario Gotze for some time now, and it looks as though the speculation is starting to gather pace.
Last week it was reported that incoming Bayern Munich coach Carlo Aneclotti had held a meeting with Gotze and told him he was free to find another club, which of course sparked plenty of speculation about where he could end up.
Both Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool have been linked with a swoop for the World Cup winner, and according to Dusseldorf-based newspaper Rheinische Post, the Reds have submitted a bid of €25 million.
That is significantly less than the €37 million that the Bavarian club paid Dortmund for his services in 2013, but is a sign of how far the 23-year-old's stock has fallen.
Once tipped to become one of the best in the world, Gotze struggled for first team action under Pep Guardiola, and even though the Spanish boss is on the way out, his future still appears to be away from the German champions.
Liverpool are hoping that his relationship with Jurgen Klopp, who managed him at Dortmund, will be enough to steer him away from returning to his former club and towards Merseyside.
Rheinische Post do not report whether the bid has been rejected or accepted, although Bayern will be in no rush to sell up and will likely field offers before making a decision.
That could mean they wait until after the European Championships this summer, in the hope that Gotze can increase his price with some impressive performances in France.
That would be worst-case scenario for Liverpool, who are said to have identified Gotze as their top summer transfer target.
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