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Transfer rumor roundup: Gotze available on free transfer; Saul to Man Utd

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Borussia Dortmund hero Mario Gotze will be looking for a new home this summer, announced BVB sporting director Michael Zorc.

Gotze, 27, has played 20 times this season with three goals and an assist, and of course is known for his World Cup-winning goal for Germany against Argentina.

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He was linked with Everton last month, with West Ham, Gladbach, and AC Milan also connected in that Bild report.

The target forward also can handle attacking midfield duties but has struggled to keep a consistent spot in the Starting XI at Dortmund and Bayern over the past few years.

A BVB youth, Gotze connected for 41 goals and 45 assists in first five seasons between Germany’s top two sides, but posted just 16 and 16 in the next five (though he had seven goals and seven assists last season.

It’s clear Dortmund has a monster at center forward in Erling Haaland, whose release clause won’t be active for another two years according to reports.

Gotze’s younger brother Felix is also at Augsburg, having left Bayern Munich in 2018.


A report out of Spain claims that the oft-rumored Saul Niguez to Manchester United move is “practically done.”

The news was shared and translated by The Manchester Evening News, who points out that the Atletico Madrid hero’s release clause is well into nine figures at $168 million.

Saul, 25, has become an indispensable part of Diego Simeone’s midfield and was one of the steadiest parts of Atleti’s victory over Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League.

Saul, Koke, and Thomas Partey give Atleti three of the best central midfielders in the world, and United would see a similar threesome between Saul, Bruno Fernandes, and Scott McTominay or Fred.

Transfer Rumor Roundup: Gotze to Everton, Grealish to Man United

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You think the Jack Grealish incident this past week would stop Manchester United from pursuing the Aston Villa playmaker? Think again.

According to Paul Joyce of The Times, Grealish “is expected to arrive [at Manchester United] from Aston Villa to add competition to the midfield.”

While the Grealish to Manchester United rumors are nothing new, it is notable that they still persist even in the aftermath of his embarrassing decision to leave his house during the coronavirus lockdown. Manchester United could be on the hook for nearly $100 million should they pursue Grealish this summer, and they will want to know their investment won’t be put at risk in situations like this again.

Still, Grealish has had a fantastic season before the shutdown and Manchester United could use a central playmaker to pull the strings. While Joyce’s writeup seems to suggest that Grealish would have work to do to earn a place in the Manchester United team, he would likely find himself as the only true attacking midfielder outside of fellow new signing Bruno Fernandes in the entire squad. The position has little depth at Old Trafford and Grealish is certainly a much-needed investment.

Everton is also searching for playmaking ability as well as a goalscoring mindset, and Borussia Dortmund forward Mario Gotze could be the answer. According to German publication Sport Bild, Gotze could be headed to Everton this summer, although they will have competition for the former World Cup winner.

The 27-year-old sees his contract expire this summer at Dortmund, and he has seen decreased playing time this season thanks to the explosion of Jadon Sancho plus the arrival of Erling Haaland and the improvement of both Julian Brandt and Thorgan Hazard. Gotze has found himself the odd man out in that attacking group, and Everton could snag him on a free transfer this summer. The Sport Bild report names West Ham, Borussia Monchengladbach, and AC Milan as other possibilities, but suggests that Gotze would need to take a pay cut from his current $11 million a year salary to open up the list a bit.

Finally, Tottenham could usher one of its young players out the door as Juan Foyth has voiced his frustrations with a lack of playing time under Jose Mourinho. The 22-year-old, who arrived from Argentine club Estudiantes in 2017, told Argentinian publication TNT that he would like to leave London if he did not see an increase in playing time.

“If I am going to have opportunities here, I will be very comfortable,” Foyth said of his current situation at Spurs. “And if they won’t count on me, the best thing will be to find another club. I would like to stay in Europe, all leagues have a high level. My wish is to play at the highest level as long as I can. The main thing is to play.”

Foyth has seen just 65 minutes of Premier League action this entire season and has not been included in the matchday squad for any league game since the start of January. Foyth’s time has taken an even bigger hit thanks to the emergence of young Japhen Tanganga, lowering the already limited amount of squad space that Foyth had between center-back and right-back.

Dortmund tops Gladbach to move nine clear in Bundesliga

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Borussia Dortmund got back to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over Borussia Monchengladbach in the Borussen derby.

Marco Reus picked up the winner nine minutes after the halftime break on a beautiful counter-attack that the German finished off with a slide. Dortmund countered with just four attackers against seven defenders, and Mario Gotze unlocked the back line with a low curling cross that bent around the Gladbach defenders and right to the feet of a streaking Reus.

That earned the three points after Jadon Sancho and Cristoph Kramer had cancelled each other out just before halftime. The English kid scored the opener on 42 minutes thanks to a wonderful free-kick routine that featured some trickeration around the ball, leading to a Gotze delivery that found three Dortmund players free on net, with Sancho heading in past Yann Sommer.

Kramer equalized just three minutes later on a controversial tap-in that featured Thorgan Hazard barreling over two Dortmund defenders in an attempt to get his head to a cross from the right flank.

The win saw the hosts bounce back from the season’s first loss, a 2-1 defeat to 15th-placed Fortuna Dusseldorf on the road on Tuesday. American Christian Pulisic did not feature in the match on Friday after a full 90 minutes in the loss three days prior. The emergence of Sancho has seen Pulisic’s time on the field drop considerably, with just that one start since the end of September.

Transfer gossip: Gotze, Boateng, Miazga linked with moves

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As Antoine Griezmann commits to staying at Atletico Madrid, other players may be looking to find news homes.

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A couple of German World Cup winners are being linked with moves away from their respective Bundesliga giants.

Mario Gotze was left off the German squad for this summer’s tournament, and is said to be looking at clubs other than Borussia Dortmund.

Gotze, 26, is being linked with desire to play Premier League football, with Metro saying Arsenal, West Ham, and Everton are interested in his services.

Liverpool will naturally be mentioned as well, given his former manager Jurgen Klopp‘s status at Anfield, though Gotze scored just twice with four assists in 23 appearances last season.

Twenty-nine year old German center back Jerome Boateng could leave Bayern Munich, and Manchester United would be interesting in buying the former Man City man.

Boateng, 29, could leave Bayern if an “important” offer arrives and the player is interested in the location, CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge tells Bild.

The center back is a serial winner in Germany but recently sounded a bit bored by the tasks of winning German hardware. From Manchester Evening News:

“I’ve experienced everything at FC Bayern, and I am slowly coming to a point where I must answer myself certain questions,” he previously told Socrates magazine.

“What are the goals I have not reached yet? Do I, time and time again, want to prove myself at the same club with the same pre-conditions?

MSG’s Kristian Dyer says Matt Miazga is a wanted man in Europe. The USMNT center back, now 22, is Chelsea property but has spent the last two seasons on loan to Vitesse in the Eredivisie.

The Netherlands outfit would like him back, but Dyer said other Premier League clubs have interest as do sides in the Bundesliga (video link). Would it be a full-time move, or a third loan? It’s hard to say with Chelsea, who also may have a new boss in town to assess what the depth looks like at Stamford Bridge.

Elsewhere…

  • A former Juventus director says Manchester United is set to miss out on Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who will move to Turin and join The Old Lady (Manchester Evening News).
  • Le10 Sport claims that Arsenal’s Unai Emery has lodged a $23 million bid for David Luiz of cross-London rival Chelsea.

VIDEO: Aubameyang, Pulisic set BVB to Revierderby lead

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What’s that about big time players in big time matches?

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has given Borussia Dortmund a 12th minute lead over Schalke in Saturday’s Revierderby at the Westfalenstadion on Saturday, with a little help from Christian Pulisic.

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The American teen met a diagonal ball from Aubameyang on the right edge of the 18, and first-touched a right-footed ball to Nuri Sahin near the penalty spot.

Sahin tried a deft touch toward the goal, but it wouldn’t make its way over the goal until Aubameyang slid it inside the far post with a little help from his hand.

It’s 3-0 off an own goal and Mario Gotze after just 20 minutes.