As new Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti prepares his side for 2016/17, Liverpool target Mario Gotze may not feature in his plans.
With Ancelotti taking over from Pep Guardiola this summer, Bayern look set to undergo a personnel overhaul, as the Italian drafts his squad for the 2016/17 campaign.
While the likes of Thomas Muller, Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez have recently extended their deals with the club, there is seemingly no new deal forthcoming for their 23-year-old playmaker, Gotze.
According to reports in Germany, Gotze is unlikely to receive a new contract, with Liverpool among the clubs interested in signing him this summer.
Gotze is reportedly yet to speak to Ancelotti regarding his future, but all signs point to a departure in the near future.
The Germany international’s current contract expires at the end of next season, leaving Bayern with a big decision to make this summer.
Selling Gotze at the end of the season would see Bayern receive a fee for his services, much like when they sold Toni Kroos to Real Madrid in 2014, with the La Liga side paying £20 million.
Liverpool are not alone in their interest in Gotze however, with Madrid, Juventus and Man United all said to be monitoring developments in Munich this season.
But Klopp’s former club, Borussia Dortmund, have ruled themselves out of the running, suggesting that a deal would be too expensive.
While the Reds will be competing with some of Europe’s top clubs if they follow through with their interest in Gotze this summer, Klopp will be hoping his relationship with the midfielder will prove influential.
Gotze spent three and a half seasons under Klopp in the Dortmund first team, developing into a key player at the Westfalenstadion.
Leaving in a deal worth £31.5 million in 2013, Gotze left Klopp with a major rebuilding job.
As he plots a top-four push with Liverpool in 2016/17, the 48-year-old finds himself in a similar position, and making Gotze a priority target would go a long way towards bringing success to Anfield.
Gotze is a hugely intelligent attacking midfielder, capable of thriving in a number roles including as an auxiliary forward, and is at his best driving at opponents with the ball at his feet.
Crucially, he is also familiar with the demands of Klopp’s high-intensity system, and would have no trouble adjusting to life at Liverpool.
Boasting considerable experience at the top end of the Bundesliga, in Europe and on the international stage having scored the winning goal in the World Cup final in 2014, Gotze would be an ideal addition as Klopp looks to add match-winners to his squad.
He is unlikely to come cheap, but Gotze would be the perfect marquee signing for Liverpool this summer.