It’s becoming increasingly apparent that Mario Gotze is unsettled at Bayern Munich after a stagnant season. As a consequence, numerous clubs across the continent are waiting in the wings to try and snatch up the World Cup winner.
One of these clubs should and will likely prove Chelsea. The Blues are in need of an injection of fresh blood in their midfield and there are few more talented players in the position than Gotze.
While the Stamford Bridge side would undoubtedly have a fight on their hands, they cannot afford to miss out on such an incredible opportunity. There’s simply not a better playmaker on the market and the Blues should throw the kitchen sink at trying to capture him.
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It seems unthinkable that Bayern Munich would want to clear out Gotze. After all, this is the man who scored the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final- he is no mere squad player.
In fact, during his first two seasons at the Allianz Arena, the 23-year-old scored an impressive 30 goals from midfield in 93 outings. It didn’t take him long to adapt to life in Bavaria.
Nonetheless, in the space of just a season, he is being shepherded out the exit. With injuries following him at every turn and after a rumoured fall out with Pep Guardiola, Gotze had his game time restricted to just 21 showings in 2015-16.
Moreover, The Guardian reports that the midfielder has been told his career in Munich is at an end. It’s becoming clear that as the club transitions to the era of Carlo Ancelotti, the ex-Dortmund playmaker is surplus to requirements.
Besides, albeit Gotze’s rich talents, Bayern undoubtedly possess the squad depth and quality to remove him without it proving a major detriment.
As a result of the aforementioned unrest, Gotze’s departure proves a question of when and not if. The German has a lot of offers on the table to consider, but a move to west London may prove the most logical decision.
One of the reasons behind Chelsea’s forgettable 2015-16 has been their stalling midfield. Eden Hazard has endured the campaign of nightmares, Nemanja Matic has been pedestrian and Cesc Fabregas has lacked consistency.
If Gotze were to arrive, it would prove the quick-fix Blues fans are crying out for. There are simply few better European midfielders in the game than a fully-fit and firing Gotze, especially compared to the Serie A players being linked with a move to Stamford Bridge. Miralem Pjanic is a superb player no doubt, but he’s no Gotze.
The move makes sense for the 23-year-old himself also. Given the arrival of Antonio Conte, Chelsea are a side on the up and given the financial backing, the German would almost be guaranteed silverware.
Liverpool have also been linked with Gotze yet the Reds far from offer the stability and squad that their west London rivals wield. Jurgen Klopp may prove a prominent allure, but there’s a distinct difference between playing alongside Adam Lallana to Cesc Fabregas.
Moreover, at just 23-years-old, the current Bayern star would prove a long-term investment and statement of intent. However, above all, the Blues would be securing a midfielder than can unlock defences without a moment’s notice and find the net when the chips are down.
Chelsea will have a fight on their hands as a mass brawl for Gotze’s signature is set to ensue. However, while Champions League football will have to be put on hold for a year, a move to Stamford Bridge might just prove the right move for Germany’s World Cup hero.
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