Price tag of £40 million for Borussia Dortmund star could be the bulk of both Man City and Arsenal’s transfer spending this summer.
Manchester City and Arsenal are each contemplating a move for Borussia Dortmund’s brilliant young playmaker Mario Goetze, according to the Daily Mirror – despite a colossal asking price.
Last season’s Bundesliga champions are willing to let Goetze go if a team bids the €40 million (approximately £34.1m) they are asking for.
Man City’s ability to pay such a sum is in little doubt, but there may be question marks about Arsenal’s financial muscle, and the difference in the clubs’ record transfer fees illustrates that clearly.
Sergio Aguero cost the Sky Blues an eye-watering £35m when he moved to the Etihad Stadium in late July 2011, whilst Arsenal’s biggest fee spent up front is the £13 million of Sylvain Wiltord back in 2001, though Andrey Arshavin cost upwards of £15m when add-ons are taken into account.
However, thanks to a renewed sponsorship deal with Emirates that will see a large portion of the money paid to the Gunners up front, perhaps Arsene Wenger could indeed be tempted to bid for Goetze.
The Germany international is a fantastic talent, capable of playing in attacking midfield or on either wing.
His low centre of gravity, pace and ball control all combine to help him dribble past opponents at will, whilst his footballing brain and vision help him both set up team-mates and get on the end of chances himself with clever runs.
In 21 Bundesliga starts for Borussia Dortmund this season, Goetze has an impressive eight goals and eight assists.