It twice looked possible that Mario Gotze would move to the Premier League this summer.
As the Echo reports, Liverpool were initially seen as favourites for the Bayern Munich winger because of the Jurgen Klopp factor. The Reds manager gave Gotze his debut at Borussia Dortmund.
And when Liverpool cooled their interest in the Germany international upon signing Sadio Mane, Tottenham picked up the gauntlet and led the race for the 24-year-old, according to the Daily Star.
But for Gotze, there is no place like home. Bild understands that the World Cup winner is close to rejoining Dortmund after a £19m fee was agreed between the two great Bundesliga rivals.
Gotze left the Westfalenstadion for Bayern in 2013, but has only made 59 league starts in three seasons, scoring 22 goals, and is seemingly surplus to requirements under new manager Carlo Ancelotti.
We would have liked to have seen the talented forward in the Premier League, but, after a frustrating few years, it is easy to see why Gotze has chosen home comforts as he aims to rebuild his career.
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