Tottenham lead race to sign £30m rated Mario Gotze

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Tottenham have stolen a march on Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund by meeting with the father of Mario Gotze, 24, and his agent twice during Euro 2016.

The north London club are desperate to ease the pressure on England international Harry Kane, 22, and add another striker to the squad.

The scorer of Germany’s winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final, Gotze has been reduced to a bit-part role in the Allianz Arena since moving to Munich in a €37m deal three years ago. The German champions are now prepared to let him go in €20m deal as his career has stalled.

Tottenham face strong competition for his signature. Former club Borussia Dortmund are keen to secure his return having lost several key players in this transfer window. Ilkay Gundogan, 25, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 27, will face each other in the Manchester derby next season whilst Mats Hummels, 27, joined Bayern Munich.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp knows the player well from his Bundesliga days and is still a keen admirer of his compatriot. The US-backed club have already spent £34m on bringing Sadio Mane, 24, to Anfield and whilst Klopp would love to add Gotze to the squad, he has other priorities to address, particularly in defence.

The key factor in Gotze’s decision is regular first team football. He has become a regular feature of the Bayern bench during Pep Guardiola’s reign and the former poster boy of German football is not happy with the direction his club career has taken.

All three suitors can fulfil that ambition with Tottenham and Dortmund dangling the Champions League carrot as well.

 

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