Liverpool are in “advanced” talks with Mario Gotze’s representatives and the Germany international is attracted to the chance to work with Jurgen Klopp once again, according to respected football writer, Simon Mullock.
The Reds have been heavily linked with a £20m move for the World Cup-winner – he netted the vital goal in the 2014 final as his nation beat Argentina – of late, amid suggestions that he’s grown frustrated at Bayern Munich.
Although Liverpool are unlikely to be able to offer the 23-year-old Champions League football, Gotze’s relationship with Klopp has been talked up as a big factor as he seeks a new start, with the now Kop chief having been the man that gave him his debut at Dortmund.
The pair went on to win two Bundesliga titles together, and Mullock, the Mirror’s Chief Football Writer, told daveockop.co.uk, that he’s heard the Merseysiders are in “advanced” talks with the playmaker’s representatives, and that the Bayern star is keen on an Anfield switch:
“I was in Berlin last week for the England game and the noises coming from people close to the Gotze camp suggest that talks are well advanced and that Bayern are already planning for his departure.
“One thing that may hamper the deal is the asking price, with Bayern looking to recoup most of the £30m they paid Dortmund and Liverpool feeling that £20m is a fair fee for a player with his contract ticking down.
“From what I was told last week, Gotze feels like he needs a fresh start after a couple of frustrating seasons at Bayern.
“Going back to Borussia Dortmund is an option, but a move to the Premier League with Liverpool and the chance to work under Jurgen Klopp is a huge attraction to him.
“I understand that his mindset at the moment is to move to Anfield.”