According to reports in The Mirror, Everton and Newcastle United are two of five Premier League clubs interested in signing Borussia Dortmund attacking midfielder Mario Gotze this summer, and the German should choose Rafa Benitez’s men if it comes down to a straight choice between the two.
Well, The Mirror says that the Toffees and the Magpies, along with top flight rivals Arsenal, West Ham United and Leicester City, are all keen on the player who scored Germany’s winning goal in the 2014 World Cup.
The Mirror says that the 26-year-old is keen to revive his career in England following a difficult time since 2014 where he has struggled with injury and failed to make a big impact with either Bayern Munich or Borussia Dortmund.
While the Germany international struggled with a few injury niggles, there was nothing major and he ended the campaign having made 32 appearances in all competitions, scoring two goals and providing a further seven assists.
The 26-year-old showed his creative qualities by making 58 key passes in those 32 outings, as per WhoScored.com.
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The Borussia Dortmund’s preferred position is in a central attacking midfield role, but if he wants regular football and to really rejuvenate his career he would perhaps be making a big mistake if he chose to join the Toffees over the Magpies.
The Merseyside outfit already have their club-record signing Gylfi Sigurdsson to play in that position, and it is unlikely that Marco Silva would be able to fit both into the starting XI if he wants a balanced side.
Meanwhile Newcastle, whose fans have been quick to react to a link with another £13.5m star with one saying he is “the new Andy Carroll”, are crying out for more creativity and goal threat having only netted 39 goals in their 38 Premier League matches last term, and there is no doubt that Gotze would be their best player and one that Benitez could his team around.
In front of a 52,000-strong crowd, Gotze would thrive and get back to his best – and the Magpies would reap the rewards.