It’s well known that Arsene Wenger is a huge admirer of German starlet, Mario Gotze. According to various reports, Arsenal had somewhat uncharacteristic bid in the region of £30 – £35 million rejected in 2011 having lost both Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri.
Gotze has since signed a contract extension at Borussia Dortmund which would keep him at the club until 2016. However, it is thought that the contract includes a £30 million release clause which according to the player’s agent ‘keeps his options open.’
Arsene Wenger has mentioned on several occasions over the past two seasons that he is willing to spend big on a ‘special player.’ The release clause within Gotze’s contract means that if Arsenal were to match their previous bid, Dortmund would simply have to accept.
The ever reliable German newspaper ‘Bild’ has claimed that Arsenal could be set to trigger the player’s buyout clause.
In tandem, Arsenal’s lucrative new sponsorship deal with Emirates puts the club in a strong financial position which is the kind of contract that Gazidis has spoken of for some time.
Gotze seems to have recaptured his scintillating form with resounding performances in Dortmund’s Champions League campaign.
Gotze would greatly bolster Arsenal’s midfield options. With Santi Cazorla, Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere and emerging talent, Thomas Eisfeld looking extremely promising for the foreseeable future, Gotze would bring another dimension going forward.
Gotze is extremely unlikely to leave Dortmund until next summer but the player is the kind of talent that could see Wenger looking to break the bank.