Mario Gotze will exit Borussia Dortmund for the second time at the end of the season. According to the club’s sporting director Michael Zorc, the German world-cup winner will be leaving the club after a mutual agreement between both parties involved.
Gotze, who initially broke through at the club as a teenage prodigy under Jurgen Klopp, returned to the club in 2016 after three years with Bayern Munich, whom he joined in a controversial move back in 2013. Gotze’s career has had quite a few ups and downs, and his second spell at boyhood club Dortmund hasn’t exactly turned out the way he wanted. Gotze’s move to Bayern Munich was a disastrous one. His return to his boyhood club has not gone too well due to injury issues and illness.
Gotze was one of Coach Lucien Favre’s key players last season when they made a tilt for the title. However, he has struggled to get a regular starting place in the Dortmund team this season and has been down the pecking order with Julian Brandt being preferred ahead of him in the midfield position. He has netted three goals and one assist in 20 appearances in all competitions so far this season. Gotze will be available for a move as a free agent this summer, and the focus now will turn to where next for Gotze. There are speculations that he might move to the Premier League or across Europe.
Can Gotze cope with a move to the Premier League?
The Premier League has long being a rumored destination for Mario Gotze. He had the option to join Liverpool in 2016, but he opted for a return to Dortmund. Gotze’s best performances undoubtedly came under Jurgen Klopp when Dortmund ruled German Football. He played an integral role in Dortmund’s back to back championships under Klopp. During that period, he scored 31 goals and registered 45 assists across 116 matches, and it is fair to say Klopp had a positive effect on him. The question here is, would Liverpool’s boss Klopp still welcome his compatriot to Anfield this summer because a lot has changed in the intervening years. Liverpool is currently the king of Europe and is one of the most formidable teams in Europe. Do Liverpool need him and would Gotze’s fitness and injury concerns make him a bad fit for the physical intensity Klopp demands from his players? If Gotze is fit, he would be a perfect signing for Klopp because he has worked with him before, and both the coach and player know themselves very well. Another club in England that could consider signing Gotze in the summer could be Arsenal. Arteta’s free-flowing football will suit Gotze. Arsenal’s playmaker Mesut Ozil is aging and no longer the Ozil of yesteryears. A potential move to Arsenal would see the club get a playmaker who will also be an upgrade on the existing quality. The signing of Gotze in the summer could be the right ingredient for a successful recipe at Arsenal come next season.
Tottenham could also be an option for Gotze this summer. Since the departure of Eriksen to Inter Millan, Jose Mourinho hasn’t signed a suitable replacement yet. When you take a look at Tottenham’s team, they have a lot of pacy wingers like Son, Moura, and Bergwijn. Gotze can show his creativity in the number 10 role, providing incisive passes to the wingers. He can also assist more for Harry Kane to score, knowing how prolific he is in front of the goal.
Where else could he go?
Gotze would attract a lot of offers from the Bundesliga club, looking at his pedigree, status, and his achievement over the years for Dortmund and Bayern Munich. Teams like Hertha Berlin, Bayer Leverkusen, and Borussia Monchengladbach could offer Gotze an ideal home since he is a native of Germany. Bayer Leverkusen could also be a possible destination for Gotze. Gotze could be a potential replacement for star playmaker Kai Havertz who could leave this summer. A move to Leverkusen wouldn’t come as a surprise since he is no stranger to manager Peter Bosz, having worked under him at Dortmund.
A move to the Major League Soccer could also be on the cards. An injury-plagued Gotze could benefit from the slower pace and lower intensity of the game in the MLS. A club like LA Galaxy has proven to be an excellent home for many European stars. Gotze’s profile as a world cup winner would make him one of the most prominent players in the MLS.
Gotze will undoubtedly have a lot of suitors this summer because of the financial issues brought by the Covid-19 pandemic. As a result, the opportunity to sign a player of Gotze’s caliber on a free transfer would appeal to many teams.