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Emirates Stadium side ready to spend big.
Arsenal could make a renewed bid to sign long-standing target Mario Gotze after reports in Germany revealed that the Borussia Dortmund playmaker has a £30m release fee clause in his contract.
Gotze, 20, is regarded as the brightest young player in German football after helping Dortmund to back-to-back Bundesliga titles.
Arsenal offered the German champions £32m for the midfielder in the summer of 2011 but the bid was rejected.
Gotze signed an improved deal with Dortmund in March, tying him to the club until 2016.
And according to BILD, the new contract includes a buyout clause of £30m – £2m less than the figure Arsenal offered last year.
But the clause expires next July and interested clubs are required to submit a written offer by the end of April 2013.
If Arsenal did indeed make a £32m bid for Borussia Dortmund playmaker Mario Gotze a little over a year ago, and that’s a big IF, then one would imagine the North London side are even more likely to re-ignite their interest in the German international given that Arsene Wenger is sitting on a large transfer warchest following the massive £150m investment made in the club by sponsors Emirates.
Though the club’s midfield is perhaps not the area in most need of attention Gotze is a prized target that any of Europe’s ‘Elite’ would be keen on landing and if the clock is ticking on a release clause then no doubt sides other than the Gunners will be taking a keen interest in the midfielder.
The German youngster is now in his fourth season in the Borussia Dortmund first team and was a key member of Jurgen Klopp’s back to back Bundesliga title winning sides and already has 20 international caps to his name and has the potential to continue his upward progression having put in some stellar performances in the Champions League this term.
Though Arsenal have a number of creative midfield talents a fair few of those available to Wenger have suffered with injuries of late with the likes of Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosicky and Aaron Ramsey all spending time out on the sidelines over the past couple of seasons.
Arsenal fans will hope that their side is ready to make offers of £30m and above, which would be far in excess of their current record spend, and perhaps after seven seasons without silverware it is time for the club to make just such a step.
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