With Liverpool nearing the completion of a deal to bring Loris Karius to Anfield, rumours are flying that Mario Götze might not be far behind. Unless he’s had a change of heart and now wants to stay at Bayern Munich to fight for his future at Germany’s biggest club.
After reports emerged that Liverpool had offered to make Götze their highest paid player, offering the 23-year-old £150k per week to make the switch to the Premier League, the English press began to talk about his move to Anfield being something of a foregone conclusion. In Germany, though, the story is rather different.
In his homeland, Bild are claiming that Götze has had a change of heart and will instead remain at Bayern—though even that is further complicated by suggestions he will continue to hold off on signing a new deal. His current contract has only a year left on it, meaning Bayern risk losing him next summer on a free.
"I look forward to the new season in Munich and will do everything to compete during my first training sessions under Carlo Ancelotti," was Götze’s brief statement when pressed on his future today, which either signals—as Bild believe—that he’s staying at Bayern or is simply the player covering his bases.
For every player like Alex Teixeira or Dejan Lovren who openly talks about desiring a move there’s a player like Roberto Firmino or Philippe Coutinho who has played down the possibility of changing clubs right until the deal is done in order to protect against the chance of the transfer falling through.
And whatever is going to happen with Götze, there appear to be some added complications to sort through, with news that the player has parted was with Volker Struth and the Sport Total agency, which is being reported as a surprise move by the German media, one with an uncertain impact on his future.
The main uncertainty stems from so far unconfirmed reports that Götze is moving to the ROGON sports management group, who represent Roberto Firmino and Loris Karius. In Firmino’s case, ROGON helped arrange his move to Liverpool in a difficult deal involving the complications of third-party ownership.
If Götze has chosen ROGON, then, it’s a move that will fuel speculation that he in fact could be on his way to Liverpool. Unless, that is, he really has had a change of heart and is now set on proving his worth to Bayern's incoming manager.