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According to reports in the German media outlet Bild [via ESPN], Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich are keen on Argentine international Di Maria and are prepared to offer Gotze in return.
The reports state that United could be willing to sell their club-record signing if they receive an offer of €50 million as they look to recuperate the majority of the £59.7 million they splashed out on the winger last summer.
However, Bayern aren’t keen on matching that valuation given how much Di Maria under-performed last season, and could propose a swap deal involving Gotze to bring the price down.
The German international’s future at the Allianz Arena has been questioned in the last few days following comments from his agent Volker Struth over the weekend, where he claimed Bayern boss Pep Guardiola had ‘destroyed’ the attacking midfielder [via Mail Sport].
After scoring the winner for Germany in the World Cup final against Argentina last summer, many expected Gotze to push on and become a key player at club level during the 2014-15 campaign, but he was left out of some hugely important games including both legs of the Champions League semi-final against Barcelona.
Gotze has been attracting interest from London duo Arsenal [via Mirror Sport] and Chelsea [via Metro Sport], which could throw a spanner into a potential swap deal, while Di Maria has also been linked with a shock move to the Gunners by reports in the British media [via Telegraph Sport].
The former Real Madrid winger struggled to justify his enormous price-tag during his debut season in England and was often left out of the starting XI towards the end of the season, as manager Louis van Gaal preferred Ashley Young and Juan Mata in the wide berths.
A swap deal would appear to be out of the question at the moment, but with both players facing uncertain summers it could prove beneficial for all parties.