After a period of quiet, Liverpool’s interest in Mario Gotze has intensified, with the Bayern Munich midfielder researching life on Merseyside.
Gotze was linked with a £20 million move to Anfield in March, but speculation had dampened following Mats Hummels’ move to Munich from Borussia Dortmund.
Despite suggestions that Gotze is likely to return to Dortmund this summer, reports on Thursday afternoon reveal that the Reds are still actively pursuing a move to sign the 23-year-old, and will do “everything they can” to secure his signature.
This comes after Bayern have dropped their asking price to meet Liverpool’s valuation.
According to numerous reliable British journalists today, such as the Express‘ Paul Joyce, the Reds have “begun the process” to persuade Gotze a move to Liverpool is his best option.
This is set to include making the World Cup winner one of the highest-paid players at the club, joining the likes of Daniel Sturridge and captain Jordan Henderson.
Meanwhile, Gotze is believed to have made “discreet enquiries” about life at Liverpool, and what can be expected from the Premier League.
Having spent his entire career to date in the Bundesliga, a move to Merseyside would be a departure, but as Roberto Firmino‘s positive transition proves, this is a relatively simple switch.
Gotze is unlikely to break into the Bayern first team and, if the likes of Marco Reus, Shinji Kagawa and Henrikh Mkhitaryan all remain at Dortmund, could struggle for appearances there too.
With Klopp having made his former protege his priority target on learning of his availability, Gotze can be guaranteed a key role if he made the move to Liverpool.
The prospect of the versatile attacker linking up with the likes of Firmino and Philippe Coutinho in Klopp’s side is a hugely attractive one, and would ensure Liverpool have one of the most feared forward lines in Europe.
This would boost the Reds’ Champions League hopes, though Gotze’s decision could well hinge on the outcome of next week’s Europa League final.
Defeat Sevilla in Basel, and Liverpool could become a more feasible proposition for a player with top-level quality.