Borussia Dortmund star Mario Goetze will move to Bayern Munich this summer after they met his release clause, with Arsenal amongst clubs to miss out on his signature.
Bayern Munich have beaten Arsenal to the signing of Borussia Dortmund attacking midfielder Mario Goetze, with the Bavarian club having provided the €37 million (approximately £31.6m) needed to release him from his contract at Signal Iduna Park.
Despite this season having been an extraordinary success – Bayern Munich’s goal difference of +75 is astonishingly a higher total than any other Bundesliga team’s goals scored column, and they are in the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League – the club known as FC Hollywood are already building for the future with Pep Guardiola taking over as manager next season.
The news was confirmed on Borussia Dortmund’s official website.
“We are obviously disappointed beyond measure, but emphasize that both Mario and his advisers have behaved with absolute conformity to the contract,” said Hans-Joachim Watzke, Borussia Dortmund CEO.
For Goetze, understandably the chance to work with Pep Guardiola was hard to turn down, but Arsenal fans will rue missing out on one of the best players likely to have been on the transfer market this summer, having been linked for much of the last two years.
Because Bayern Munich were aware that Goetze was likely to be in demand, they moved quickly, concluding a deal for the Germany international’s release clause.
There will be plenty of other clubs ruing their decision not to try to do the same.