According to German sport tabloid Sport Bild, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich have reached an agreement on the transfer of midfielder Mario Götze.
The report states that the Black and Yellows will pay a base fee of €28 million for the 24-year-old, who will sign a five-year contract running until 2021.
Sporting director Michael Zorc swiftly denied an agreement, telling tabloid Bild: “Utter rubbish. The transfer is not done.” With that, of course, he more or less confirmed that Dortmund are interested in the return of the prodigal son.
It seems likely that the clubs have indeed agreed on a deal, but that it won’t be finalised until Götze goes through a medical following his vacation after Euro 2016.
Götze left boyhood club Dortmund for a then-club-record fee of €37 million in 2013, but hasn’t enjoyed the greatest of times in Bavaria. Near-constant injuries have taken their toll on the versatile attacking midfielder, who wasn’t a big part of Pep Guardiola’s plans in the later stages of the Catalan’s three-year tenure in South Germany.
Ironically, Götze would replace the man who replaced him in Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who left the club to Manchester United earlier in the summer. While he hasn’t been in top shape for a while, Götze remains a supremely talented player.
It’s rare that Dortmund can sign a player of his standing, which is why this author is all for the transfer.
Of course, there are many fans who are much more reserved about the potential return of the 24-year-old, for his departure was, to put it mildly, awkward. It stands to reason that Götze will face quite a bit of backlash at first.
With that in mind, he should arguably be commended for facing the music and not taking the easy way out with a transfer to England, for example.
All signs point to a reunion between Götze and Dortmund, and, with that, between two old pals:
Goetzeus reunion, my heart pic.twitter.com/rUytTWztHl
— schürrle_hater (@guba1a) July 14, 2016