Liverpool will be clear to seal a cut-price €25m (£19.3m) deal for Mario Gotze this summer, but only if they are victorious in tonight’s Europa League Final against Sevilla, according to reports from Bild.
The Reds have been heavily linked with the Germany international for a number of weeks now, with Jurgen Klopp having seemingly made reuniting with the Bayern Munich playmaker, whom he coached at Dortmund, one of his priorities.
However, despite Gotze having been told that he’s free to leave the Allianz Arena by incoming manager Carlo Ancelotti, a deal is not yet done, and reports claim that the outcome of Liverpool’s Europa League Final clash with Sevilla will be decisive in whether a deal goes ahead or not.
It’s understood that Champions League qualification would make Liverpool more attractive to the player himself, while the financial boost of being at Europe’s top table will help the club to foot a transfer bill and fund the midfielder’s salary.
The suggested £19.3m figure would represent a significant loss for Bayern, who signed the 23-year-old for north of £30m in 2013.
However, Gotze has only a year left on his contract and has failed to make a serious impact with the Bundesliga champions.