Tottenham have joined the race to sign Bayern Munich attacking midfielder Mario Gotze, according to reports in Germany.
The long-time Liverpool target, who endured a shocking Euro 2016, is believed to have signalled his intent to leave Bavaria this summer and Spurs have thrown their hat into the ring for the 24-year-old.
Mauricio Pochettino is close to signing AZ Alkmaar frontman Vincent Janssen, but he is also keen on strengthening his midfield options and Gotze is on his target list, according to German paper Bild.
The German publication are sure that Gotze wants to leave Bayern after a season where he made just 11 Bundesliga starts. That news is in stark contrast to what he said in May when he admitted he was looking forward to the new season under Carlo Ancelotti.
“I look forward to the new season in Munich and will do everything possible to be in top shape for my first training session under Carlo Ancelotti,” Gotze told Bild.
The Germany playmaker, who was subbed in all three group games at Euro 2016 before losing his place in the knockout stage, now though appears set on a new start and he is believed to be open to a move to his former club Borussia Dortmund, while Arsenal have also been mooted as a possible destination.
Bayern are believed to be looking for around £20million for the player, whose contract runs out next June, and they will be eager to get his future resolved sooner rather than later because they will not want to lose him for free next summer.
Gotze, who has scored 33 goals in 107 appearances for Bayern in all competitions, was high up the list of targets for Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, who managed him at Dortmund, but the Reds’ signing of Sadio Mane may just have cooled their interest in Gotze allowing Tottenham to head the queue.