Pep talk! City and Arsenal miss out on Gotze as Bayern close in on 32m deal
05:53 GMT, 23 April 2013
07:09 GMT, 23 April 2013
Arsenal and Manchester City look to have missed on Borussia Dortmund star Mario Gotze after reports in Germany claimed he has agreed to join Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich.
The 20-year-old has emerged as one of the most coveted talents in Europe but it is the Bavarian giants who look to have won the race after triggering the forward's €37million (32m) release clause.
The Germany international has, according to Bild, already signed a long-term deal with $7m a year (6m).
All smiles: Mario Gotze (right) is reportedly set to join Bayern Munich in the summer
Gotze, who could face his new employees in the Champions League final at Wembley on May 25, has scored 14 goals for his club this season and has won 22 caps for Germany.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger had been prepared to finally splash the cash this summer and meet the Gotze's clause but he will now have to look elsewhere.
The youngster had looked set to remain at the Westfalenstadion
for another year having apparently set his sights on a move to Barcelona.
Main man: Gotze (left) has been tracked by the biggest clubs in Europe including Manchester City
‘I am very happy at Dortmund and
satisfied with the way we are progressing as a team,’ he said earlier this month. ‘Any
thoughts about playing for another team are very much for the future,
but Real Madrid, Barcelona or Manchester United could be interesting.
'But I'm not thinking of that at the moment.
'I'm happy in Dortmund and very happy how things are going. Therefore, it is still a bit away'