After a quiet patch involving our pursuit of a certain World Cup winner, the Mario Gotze rumours have well and truly caught fire again.
Tony Barrett, the reputable Times journalist, has weighed in on the situation with some real certainty. It looks like, if this deal happens, the German will be one of the club’s highest earners, potentially taking the wages of the departing Benteke and joining Milner and Sturridge as the clubs highest paid players, in the £120k-£140k bracket of wage.
The pricetag of the Munich playmaker is widely reported as £20-25m, by both James Pearce and Chris Bascombe on top of Barrett. Despite Dortmund, Gotze’s former employers remaining keen on the resign of a former talisman, they have recently enlisted the services of Ousmane Dembele, who alongside Reus, Mkitaryan and Kagawa will form a near impenetrable wall of starting places in the Bundesliga outfits attack.
At Liverpool, Gotze would join Coutinho, Firmino and Lallana in competing for the three attacking places in Klopp’s preferred formation, and with a fully fulfilled potential, he’d form a third of a devastating attacking force.