Liverpool make £20 million bid for Mario Gotze – report

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Liverpool’s interest in Mario Gotze is gathering steam, with the Reds reported to have made a £20 million bid for the German midfielder.

Gotze was initially reported to be a target for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp back in March, with the 48-year-old making his former Borussia Dortmund protege a priority target.

The Reds were believed to be vying with Dortmund for the midfielder’s signature.

With incoming Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti reportedly informing Gotze that he would continue to play a bit-part role at the Allianz Arena next season, Liverpool have made their move.

That is according to German publication the Rheinische Post, who claim that Klopp has sanctioned a £20 million bid for the World Cup winner.

This is said to have come hours after they became aware of Ancelotti’s stance, with Klopp determined to add Gotze to his attacking line for 2016/17.

On Thursday afternoon it was reported that Liverpool would do “everything they can” to sign Gotze, including making the 23-year-old one of their highest earners.

Germany’s Mario Goetze celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during a friendly soccer match between Germany and Italy at the Allianz Arena in Munich, southern Germany, Tuesday, March 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)

Gotze is said to have enquired about life on Merseyside and the challenges of the Premier League, though Dortmund were still favourites to sign their former playmaker despite protests from their supporters.

The Reds could be looking to move fast as a result, and this bold strategy could pay off, as last summer’s ambitious bid for Roberto Firmino underlined.

Liverpool snatched Firmino from under the noses of rivals Man United, and Klopp will be hoping to do the same to Dortmund.

Gotze started in Bayern’s clash with Hannover 96 on Saturday afternoon, in what could be his last ever appearance for the Bundesliga giants.

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