Old Trafford boss steps up chase for German international.
Manchester United will signal their intent to beat off prospective suitors for Borussia Dortmund starlet Mario Gotze by making a £25m offer for the teenage playmaker next summer.
The Bundesliga title holders face a battle to keep their prized asset as a number of Europe’s elite beat a path to their door, keen to snap up one of Europe’s hottest prospects. Sir Alex Ferguson reportedly sent a scout to watch the 19 year old in action at the Allianz Arena this weekend as Gotze scored the winner to help Dortmund to a big win against table topping Bayern Munich.
The Man United boss hopes to bring the youngster in to help in his plans to build a new generation of talented players that the Scot hopes will replace the old guard. Having lost the likes of Gary Neville and Edwin van der Sar and replaced them with the likes of Phil Jones (who has impressed at right back) and David de Gea, Ferguson now sees the German international as a player who can replace Paul Scholes.
The goalscoring attack minded midfielder has shown maturity beyond his years over the past 18 months helping his side to a Bundesliga title as well as cementing his place in the national team set-up. Though Dortmund are once again challenging for domestic honours there is a doubt they can battle with the best in Europe and therefore Gotze may well be tempted by a move to the Premier League champions.
Arsenal and Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid are also said to be monitoring Gotze’s progress and a bidding war may well ensue next summer and no bid is likely to be made in January due to the player being cup tied for Champions League action.