Long-time Liverpool target Mario Gotze will leave Borussia Dortmund when his contract expires next summer, claims a report.
Trusted German source Bild report that the 27-year-old will not extend his contract at Westfalenstadion, despite being offered fresh terms. Gotze will have been at Dortmund four years when his deal expires in June, but his chances have been limited this season.
The Germany star has made just five Bundesliga starts to date and Dortmund, per the source, have offered him a new deal on significantly lower wages.
That has led the attacking midfielder to decide to move on and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, who is friends with the player from their time together in North Rhine-Westphalia, will be alerted to the World-Cup winners availability.
Gotze told Bild: “He [Klopp] knew that I wanted to leave Bayern. Of course, we talked. He knows me very well and that I am always looking for new challenges.
“I often speak to Klopp. He brought me to the first team when I was 17 and he made it all possible. We never stopped talking.”
“I wouldn’t want to talk about this in a press conference in England before a game against Chelsea,” Klopp said in his press briefing before the Carabao Cup third-round clash. “If I want to talk to Mario I’ll call him.”
Klopp has a track record of picking up bargain signings after adding Switzerland forward Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke City for £13million in July 2018. While more recently he landed Takumi Minimino for a bargain £7.25million after the Reds activated his release fee last month.
Gotze will leave Germany on a free transfer, although his current salary in the Bundesliga is €190,000 a week.