Real Madrid have emerged as serious contenders for Manchester United target Mario Gotze next summer and the Spanish giants will look to gazump the Old Trafford club with a first refusal offer, rumoured to have already been made by Sir Alex Ferguson’s side for close to £1.5m.
Real Madrid currently house international team mates of Gotze in Mersut Ozil and Sami Khedira with it being likely that both have suggested to the 19 year old what it is like in the Spanish capital. The player himself though has suggested that he would like to remain at Dortmund for “a few years yet” although it can be assumed a move within the next two years is a distinct possibility.
An issue for most clubs next summer will be the Financial Fair Play Ruling which will allow clubs to spend only their reported profits. Although a one off transfer of £20m should not be an issue for either Manchester United or Real Madrid it will take a big chunk out of their respective transfer kitty’s. For other clubs, Gotze would not even be an option.
His price is likely to increase over the next ten months however it is believed United are currently only monitoring his situation and are not considering a bid next summer at this time.