Liverpool fans were understandably disappointed when reports revealed that Mario Gotze had decided to stay at Bayern Munich.
The Germany international endured a frustrating 2015/16 campaign in Bavaria through a mixture of injuries and a lack of game time.
As a result, he seemed destined for a move away this summer.
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But despite Liverpool’s interest in reuniting him with manager Jurgen Klopp at Anfield, it appears Gotze is willing to remain at the Allianz Arena and give incoming manager Carlo Ancelotti a chance.
It’s a tough pill to swallow, but fear not, because the Reds are lining up another exciting attacking midfielder for a potential summer move.
Come on down, Sadio Mane.
Yes, Liverpool are reportedly lining up Southampton’s prized asset in a bid to add even more pace and flair to their already flamboyant attacking line. They're also willing to use Jordan Ibe as bait.
This is according to the Times, with any potential move expected to cost somewhere in the region of £25 million.
Prising Sane away from St Mary’s Stadium would be a wise decision following a season where the Senegalese finished as Southampton’s top goalscorer, finding the back of the net 15 times in all competitions.
The fact of the matter is, though, that he’s not the player Liverpool really want.
Gotze is widely regarded as world-class and exactly the player needed to ensure Klopp's side challenge for the top honours next season.
And he could yet arrive - though it’s unlikely - if Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge’s recent comments are anything to go by.
He told Kicker magazine: “Everything was clearly explained to Mario.
“He knows what the club thinks and what the new coach thinks. Mario has to evaluate for himself whether he wants to play constantly.”
So, in a nutshell, if Gotze stays at Bayern he will do so in the knowledge that regular game time isn’t guaranteed.
Move to Anfield, however, and he’ll be the first name on Klopp's team sheet. It’s a no brainer, surely?
Regardless, Liverpool have made a promising start to the transfer window following their recent capture of goalkeeper Loris Karius from Mainz in a £4.7 million deal.
Centre-back Joel Matip will also arrive this summer on a free from Schalke, presumably to replace the outgoing Kolo Toure and Martin Skrtel.
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