Liverpool will have to break the bank to sign 19 year old German international Mario Gotze whose club Borussia Dortmund are believed to have turned down a €35m offer from Arsenal during the summer for the playmaker who is also on the radar of Manchester United.
Franz Beckenbauer recently hailed the attacking midfielder as “the German Messi” due to his nimble footwork, technical ability and vision.
Gotze is seen in Germany as one of the best footballers of his generation and he has been on the radar of a number of top European side since bursting onto the scene last year and helping Dortmund to their first Bundesliga title in nine years.
Arsene Wenger expressed himself as a keen admirer of the youngster ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Dortmund in the Champions League last month but with Liverpool desperate to regain their position in that competition it is thought the Merseysiders may be willing to offer Dortmund a higher price.
“He is a provider, he is the one who has the best assists in Germany and is the most dangerous player”, Wenger said of Gotze last month though he denied his club had made a firm offer for the player before the transfer deadline closed.
Dortmund are keen to hold onto the talented attacker for at least another two years as his stock rises and ex-Liverpool defender Markus Babbel said he can understand why clubs such as Arsenal, Manchester United and his former side are tracking Gotze.
“He is young, but he is already fantastic, one of the best in Germany”, said Babbel who is now manager of Hertha Berlin.