Few players in this current Bayern Munich side represent the fast-paced changes of the Bavarian club quite like Mario Gomez. From record-breaking goalscorer and national hero two seasons ago to languishing substitute, the powerful German striker has found his place at the club all but eradicated in light of the squad's new direction.
The new, exciting football that Bayern Munich used to conquer domestic football this season has no place for an old-fashioned striker like Gomez, and with the arrival of Pep Guardiola all but certain to accentuate that particular brand of play, the striker is all but certain to move on this summer.
With the striker merry-go-round in full swing this summer, a number of clubs have been cited as possible alternatives for Gomez with Napoli and Fiorentina supposedly rather devoted to signing the player.
Despite Suttgarter Zeitung's insistence (German) that the striker wouldn't favour a move to Italy, and Metro recently suggesting the player could make a move to Premier League side Tottenham, Bild have reported (German) that the striker is definitely leaving the Bavarian club, having earlier confirmed that Napoli and Fiorentina have met with Gomez's agent, Uli Ferber, to iron out a deal.
As the agent put it when speaking to Bild on June 3, "For a striker of Mario's goal tally, there is always greed."
However, on June 11 Ferber was asked on whether Fiorentina had won the race to sign the German striker, to which the agent responded "That's not true."
This all came around the same time when Juventus' name was thrown in to the mix, with Kicker(German) suggesting the Italian giants were the best alternative for Gomez, with his agent stating that the club called the player a "very attractive" option.
Whether that greed is enough to convince the striker and his current club to to move on to either England or Italy is yet to be seen.