With multiple reports from journalists with reliable ties to the club, Liverpool fans can feel fairly certain that a transfer that reunites Mario Götze with Jürgen Klopp at Anfield is a something that could actually happen. But they will also know that attracting a player of Götze’s talent won’t be easy.
The main obstacle was always likely to be Borussia Dortmund, who were rumoured to want Götze back if Bayern Munich were willing to sell. Dortmund’s fans don’t appear especially interested in the player returning after he left them for Munich three years ago, but the club seem to be of a different mind regarding Götze.
And now there appears to be confirmation of that interest, as according to Munich’s Abendzeitung, Dortmund have opened talks with Munich about the transfer of Götze back to the club he left in the summer of 2013. This serves as confirmation of something most Liverpool fans have expected from the first time Götze was linked.
Namely, that Liverpool and Klopp will have to beat out Borussia Dortmund if they’re to land Götze in the summer—though Dortmund talking to Munich here doesn’t represent any real advantage for them in the chase given Liverpool are also believed to already be talking with the German leaders about the player’s future.
Despite this, for public consumption at least, Bayern Munich continue to insist nothing has been decided and that they will only consider Götze’s future once the season ends. The reality, though, would appear to be that talks are already ongoing, and as suspected, the frontrunners for Götze’s services are Liverpool and Dortmund.
"We are in the crucial weeks of the season and all our concentration is on the present," said Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge when pressed on the Götze issue this week. "Once the games are played, Mario can come to the office and talk about his future, but neither Mario nor his advisors have made any decision yet."