Klopp favourite lays down salary demands, as he prepares to become free agent

Date published: Monday 6th April 2020 11:47 - Matthew Briggs

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Mario Gotze will be a free agent in the summer, but the Borussia Dortmund star is still hoping to rake in the same salary he commanded in the Bundesliga, claims a report.

Gotze, who will be 28 when his deal expires with the German giants, will not sign a new deal with Dortmund. Trusted German source Bild reported in January that Gotze would not extend his contract at Westfalenstadion, despite being offered fresh terms.

Gotze has been at Dortmund four years, but his chances have been limited this season with just six starts in all competitions.

The 63-cap Germany attacking midfielder is looking for pastures new and Corriere dello Sport claimed Roma, Everton, AC Milan and West Ham were currently in the chase for the World Cup winner

Calciomercato report that in January he was offered to AC Milan on a free transfer, while Zvonimir Boban was still in the Rossoneri management.

Milan’s response was clear though and they refused due to his salary demands. Gotze, per the source, is on between €7.5m-€8m a season at Dortmund and he is demanding a similar salary for his next project.

 

 

 

The report claims: “Gotze, in the meantime, is looking around, with Milan not too likely to relaunch with an attempt to secure his services.”

Liverpool have been long-term suitors of Gotze and in September 2018 Jurgen Klopp refused to be drawn on speculation Gotze could move to Anfield in January 2019.

“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.”

Gotze in fact had the chance to move to Anfield in 2016, before eventually moving from Bayern Munich to Dortmund.

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.”

Whether or not Klopp is interested in Gotze this time around is unclear, but he will be well aware of his availability and reunion with the free-agent may well appeal.

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