Arsene Wenger is hopeful of signing Borussia Dortmund starlet Mario Gotze.
Gunner’s chief scout, Steve Rowley has been a regular at the BVB Stadion, such is Wenger’s interest in the player.
Arsenal recently took on Dortmund in the Champions League and both teams go into the game off the back of some decent form, following less than impressive starts to their respective seasons.
Dortmund, who are now second, beat Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich at the weekend, with a winner from Gotze and Arsenal have won seven of their last eight games.
Gotze played against Arsenal in the previous fixture, in which a late Ivan Perisic equaliser made it 1-1 to deny a Gunners victory, but now the Emirates faithful have had a chance to see him close up.
There is a lot of hype around this midfielder, his instinctive talent and ability on the ball have draw comparisons with Lionel Messi and he has already earned the nickname ‘Gotzhino’ because of his Brazilian style of play.
Franz Beckenbauer said recently: “There are some players who are just about impossible to stop, and Mario is one. I love the way he plays from sheer instinct, just like Lionel Messi. He has the same talent, same technique and same feel for the game.”
The 19-year-old is a firm admirer of the Premier League and in particular Arsenal, but the problem for Wenger is that he is also admirer of Barcelona.
It has been rumoured by The Daily Mail that Wenger wants make a move in January, and if unsuccessful to return with an improved offer in the summer to splash the majority of Arsenal’s £50m transfer budget on Gotze.
But bidding will probably start at €40m and if either Real Madrid, Barca or Bayern Munich get involved then that could scupper Wenger’s plans.
Especially as time is not on his side, the player’s contract runs until 2014 and Dortmund are in no hurry to sell him as Gotze has stated that he enjoys playing for manager, Jurgen Klopp, on numerous occasions.
Therefore a deal is not likely to be done with any club until sometime in 2013. By which time Gotze’s stock will probably have gone up three-fold and he may even be a regular in the German national side, with the giants of European football circling, Arsenal may fall short.
Klopp told MirrorSport: “Nothing can happen in January. It’s not a problem. Arsenal is only about 10 per cent of what is written in Germany, so it’s not a problem.”
But before worrying about how to sign him Wenger will have to work out how to prevent the ‘wunderkind’ running his defence ragged at the Emirates.