Exclusive reports Newcastle United enquiry for Mario Gotze – Dubious
Newcastle United have made an enquiry for Mario Gotze according to an exclusive on Friday morning.
The attacking midfielder turned 26 in early June and it is claimed that he wants to move to the Premier League to kickstart his career once again.
The ‘exclusive’ comes from The Mirror and they claim that as well as Newcastle, Leicester City have also approached Borussia Dortmund about the player. They add that West Ham, Everton and Arsenal are also supposedly interested.
Mario Gotze became the most expensive German player ever, when moving from Borussia Dortmund to Bayern Munich in 2013, costing 37m euros (approx £32.2m). That figure was then beaten when Ozil moved to Arsenal.
Gotze did well initially at Bayern, getting 10 goals and 8 assists in the 2013/14 Bundesliga season, then 9 goals and 2 assists inn 2014/15.
In between those two seasons, he also became a national hero. The attacking midfielder coming off the bench and scoring the goal that won the World Cup against Argentina, also named man of the match despite only stepping onto the field in the 88th minute.
Mario Gotze played a key role in qualification for the 2016 Euros making nine appearances, then four at the finals in France. However, by that point he had started to struggle for fitness and form at Bayern, in 2015/16 he got only 3 goals and 4 assists after starting just 11 Bundesliga games and 3 sub appearances.
Returning to Dortmund for 27m euros (£23.6m) in summer 2016 he made an average to poor start, making 11 Bundesliga appearances spread over the first six months of the season, scoring 1 league goal and getting 1 assist. He had also made another four appearances for Germany in their qualification process for the 2018 World Cup.
However, it then really fell away for him and Mario Gotze didn’t make another Bundesliga appearance that season, dropped from the Dortmund team with a mystery illness, it was identified in media reports as myopathy, a metabolic disease which can cause fatigue and weight gain.
This illness was said to explain some of Gotze’s fitness problems over the later stages of his time with Bayern and on his return to Borussia Dortmund.
In these past 18 months the player has only played 25 minutes in a friendly for his country and was left out of this summer’s World Cup squad, though no disgrace when they can afford to leave out Leroy Sane as well.
A relative improvement this past season with Dortmund in terms of both form and fitness, Mario Gotze has started 19 league games and came off the bench 4 times, scoring twice and getting a trio of assists.
He is a player with undoubted ability but the question being whether he can bounce back fully with form and fitness.
Maybe he does fancy a try in the Premier League but Newcastle fans will find it difficult to imagine Mike Ashley allowing the reported £18m price tag to be paid, plus The Mirror have a shocking record with their transfer ‘exclusives’.
Explaining his decision not to consider him for Russia, German Manager Joachim Low:
“If a player scores the decisive goal in the final at such a young age, it can be a burden later.
“This (2017/18) season was not what we have all wished for from Mario Gotze.
“He just did not have the form and it is a difficult decision but I hope he returns.”
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