The 23-year-old has found it difficult to regularly start games for the Bavarian side, and has failed to live up to his much hyped potential so far. Last season the forward managed nine goals and two assists in 32 Bundesliga matches, which wasn’t enough to please some supporters.
“There is a huge difference between how he played for Dortmund and how he plays for Bayern,” Elber said, “You play different when you feel happy somewhere. Everything seems to go automatically then. When you are unhappy somewhere, you put too much thought into everything you do. And things simply don’t work out then.
“I don’t know how his relationship with Pep Guardiola is, but Gotze looks a bit like a Brazilian to me. You have to flatter him and boost his confidence. You have to tell him that you are there for him to help him. It is hard when there are already doubts before the season has even started. Bayern should back him rather than sell him.”
The Premier League duo still seem keen on the Germany international, despite this loss of form. They will have to pay at least £40 million to tempt Pep Guardiola in to selling the player, and also fight off interest from Serie A champions Juventus. With two years still left on Gotze’s contract, Bayern have a strong negotiating position for the time being.
Arsenal and Manchester United have both already made moves in the transfer market this summer, but the Red Devils have been far more active. While the Gunners have only brought in Petr Cech so far, the Red Devils have signed Memphis Depay, Matteo Darmian, Sergio Romero, Bastian Schweinsteiger, and Morgan Schneiderlin as they look to build on their fourth placed finish from last season.