Mario Gomez's Rumoured Napoli Transfer Is Great Fit

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVJune 3, 2013

GUANGZHOU, GUANGDONG - JULY 26:  Mario Gomez of Bayern Munich smiles during a friendly match against VfL Wolfsburg as part of the Audi Football Summit 2012 on July 26, 2012 at the Guangdong Olympic Sports Center in Guangzhou, China.  (Photo by Victor Fraile/Getty Images)
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Striker Mario Gomez has fallen out of favor with Bayern Munich, and a rumoured move to Napoli would bode well for the 27-year-old as he looks to continue his career of world-class football.

Bild reported the news of Gomez's impending departure from Bayern as he looks to head to Serie A and take his finishing ability to Italy, stating a €20 million transfer fee for his services. 

Gomez's days with the Bundesliga champions have been numbered for some time, as he's sold his house in preparation for a move, according to Charles Perrin of the Daily Express.

Gomez has become expendable with Bayern, but that's not a proper representation of his current abilities. He's still in the prime of his career and commands the striker position with force and aggressiveness.

His ability to score goals is nothing to scoff at, either. Despite only playing a full 90 minutes on four occasions this past season, Gomez scored an incredible 19 goals in 32 appearances in 2012-13. 

Gomez also knows how to win, coming from a Bayern side that took the Bundesliga title in runaway fashion before out-dueling foe Borussia Dortmund for the Champions League title. And those feats are just from the past season.

Fortunately for Napoli, the opportunity has presented itself to make an offer for Gomez, as he's fallen behind Mario Mandzukic on Bayern's radar as top striker. Gomez simply isn't getting the minutes that reflect what he deserves as a world-class player.

This couldn't have come at a better time for Napoli, as they search the masses for a replacement in the wake of Edinson Cavani's potential departure.

Napoli won't take anything less than a king's ransom for Cavani, per, which means if a deal can get done, they'll have plenty to spend on both Gomez and pieces to surround him with. 

Replacing Cavani with Gomez may not be an upgrade on paper, but there's no doubt the German has the talent and head on his shoulders to lead a club to glory as the main force. 

Gomez excelled as his team's best player at VfB Stuttgart, and it would certainly be interesting to see how he'd fare in that role, albeit in a different playing climate and at a different stage in his career. 

At Bayern, Gomez has had his moments and showed his value. It's their fault if they aren't willing to reward that with more playing time.

And it would undoubtedly be to Napoli's benefit if Gomez made his way down to Italy.