Arsenal have made a bid of 40m Euros – approximately £35m – for Borussia Dortmund wonderkid Mario Gotze, according to German publication Kicker.
Arsenal are bidding to strengthen in the final days of the transfer window, and will look to spend the £60m acquired from the sales of Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas on Per Mertesacker, Andre Santos, Park Chu-Young, with the remainder earmarked for the 19 year-old Gotze.
However, Borussia Dortmund have reportedly rejected Arsenal’s huge offer, which would eclipse their previous transfer record of around £15m spent on Andrei Arshavin.
“We know that Mario is very interesting for teams from Pot 1 [of the UEFA Champions League],” said Dortmund Sporting Director Michael Zorc.
Those of course include Arsenal, but it is difficult to see Arsene Wenger raising his bid beyond the 40m Euros offered already.