The Daily Mail has a story which suggests that Arsenal have reignited their interest in Borussia Dortmund’s hugely talented midfielder Mario Gotze. Apparently the player has a £30 million release clause in his contract and Wenger is so desperate to land the player that he is ready to activate it.
Of course we have been here before. Gotze was a Wenger target two season ago before he did something that was seen as strange at the time – re-signed with Dortmund. Now it doesn’t look that odd does it – with his team in the last four of the Champions league and some great players Reus, Lewandowski etc to play alongside him.
The rumour is though that the player is now ready to move to the Premier League and that could mean a stint at Arsenal.
If Arsenal did sign Gotze then it would arguably be the club’s biggest signing ever. It would be the priciest but also here is a young player with a glittering future ahead of him who has already proved himself in one of the toughest leagues in the world. You can argue that Henry and Bergkamp were just as big, but then neither player was playing well for their respective clubs when Arsene came knocking.
So is it really going to happen? I take the view that Arsenal do have a good chance of securing both Gotze and Jovetic. Firstly they need Champions League football – or the deals are a non starter anyhow. Secondly the offer and the wages is going to have to significantly exceed what the players are on at the moment. Lastly, and most importantly, Wenger needs to reassure both players that he really does have a vision for the club which will make Arsenal compete with the best in Europe. If not then I think the new signings at the Emirates next season will not come from the Bundesliga or Serie A but from QPR.
The other sliver of hope that Arsenal fans should cling to is that Man City, Chelsea and PSG can’t mop up all of Europe’s top players. For example do Chelsea really need Gotze when they have both Mata and Hazard? How many strikers are City going to sign in the summer? Three?
So for the moment much rests on Arsene Wenger. If he can convince Europe elite players that Arsenal really are back in business then Gotze and Jovetic might yet end up wearing red and white.
The Capoue rumour is also in the Mail too. The Toulouse midfield stopper would be an excellent addition to the Arsenal squad, but I do think that Song could be back at Arsenal next season, especially if Wenger gets him on cut-price deal.