Old Trafford boss eyes up talented youngster.
Mario Goetze ‘replaces Wesley Sneijder as Man United transfer target’
Mario Goetze has emerged as a transfer target for Manchester United, after Sir Alex Ferguson ended his pursuit of Wesley Sneijder.
The Red Devils boss had been keen to bring in the Inter Milan playmaker as a replacement for Paul Scholes, but pulled out of the race to sign him because of his salary demands.
Ferguson has now turned his attention to Borussia Dortmund’s creative midfielder Goetze, reports the Sunday Express.
The 19-year-old established a reputation as one of the rising stars of European football when he helped Dortmund to win the Bundesliga title last season.
The German club value the youngster at £20 million, but United have shown this summer they are willing to pay big fees for young players Ferguson regards as having the ability to be first-team regulars for years to come.
Sir Alex Ferguson has clearly adopted a system of bringing in the best youthful talent across Europe to help populate his squad alongside those coming through the club’s ranks and a move for Borussia Dortmund’s Mario Gotze makes a great deal of sense and may prove more cost effective option than spending big on 27 year old Inter Milan playmaker Wesley Sneijder.
Gotze is already a regular with the German national team and has been dubbed the “German Messi” by some commentators and at 19 has a great deal of potential and has already shown that he is already a force to be reckoned with and has shown maturity beyond his years to help Borussia Dortmund to the top of the Bundesliga tree.
However having seen team-mate Nuri Sahin make a high profile move to sign for Real Madrid and there being much talk the centre back Neven Subotic could also leave the Signal Iduna Park then a move away from Jurgen Klopp’s side is a distinct possibility.
Ferguson has brought in the likes of Javier Hernandez, Chris Smalling, David de Gea and Phil Jones over the past 18 months and seen Old Trafford academy graduates Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck progress nicely and all in all Man United appear to be going about the squad re-building process fairly smoothly.
Most clubs would struggle to cope with the loss of so many key players but Ferguson has in fact probably improved his overall squad despite losing crucial players like Edwin van der Sar, Gary Neville and Paul Scholes as well as experienced back ups like John O’Shea and Wes Brown.