In one of the strangest transfer sagas of the summer, Mario Gotze has expressed his intent to stay at Bayern Munich despite many, including his national team manager Joachim Löw, urging him top leave the club in pursuit of regular first team football. Gotze seems to have shrugged off the advice and said he would like to stay at the club. To add even more to the story, Bayern Munich seems to be wanting to get rid of Gotze this summer. Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has come out and said he wants Gotze to leave the club.
Rummenigge spoke to Kicker and expressed his thoughts on Mario’s future at the club. “We made everything clear to Mario, He knows what the club thinks and he knows what the future coach thinks.” He went on to say, “Mario has to consider for himself whether he wants to constantly get minutes.” It is clear that he has no future at the club, so why does he want to stay?
Gotze looked like a lock a week ago to link up with former Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool. However, Gotze unexpectedly fired his agent and hired a new one, to squash the rumors and to focus on the Euro 2016 with Germany.
Gotze could be the missing midfielder for Liverpool to push them into European success. Replacing Adam Lallana with Gotze could be ideal for the club to increase their attacking presence alongside Philippe Coutinho. Having two strong, young, attack minded midfielders would put other top Premier League sides on alert as the already extremely young club would be getting younger. Gotze may have to finally come to terms with the writing on the wall for him at the club and leave for greener pastures.
Possible options for Gotze include Liverpool, Dortmund, and I believe a few other larger clubs may take a stab at the transfer if they can get him for a decent price. Pep Guardiola could make a surprise bid for him to come with him to Manchester City to help strengthen the midfield he wants to rebuild. Former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss, Jose Mourinho might want to bring in more youth to the Manchester United midfield and make Gotze a priority to sign.
The toughest part for Liverpool and United will be the lack of Champions League soccer that the clubs will play this upcoming season. Attracting top talent such as Gotze relies on the type of competitions you play in as well as many other factors. If I had to guess right now where Gotze will end up, I would say he will foolishly see out his Bayern contract unless they force him out. If he is forced out, he will end up at Liverpool with Klopp.