Mario Goetze has alerted clubs across Europe to his availability after admitting he isn't happy with life at Bayern Munich.
The 21-year-old, who headed to the Allianz Arena in 2013 after making his name at Borussia Dortmund, has grown tired of sitting on the bench at the Bavarian giants, as noted in a recent interview with German media, via Metro:
"Of course I'm not happy," Goetze said. "I want to win back the trust of the coach to play more."
Goetze's debut season with Bayern has yielded a mixture of success and frustration. He has been deployed in multiple positions by Pep Guardiola, who continues to use the youngster anywhere across the midfield or attacking line. Even though Goetze is versatile, the German international has struggled to put together a consistent run of games.
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He has started 25 times across the domestic division and Champions League, making an additional 12 appearances from the bench, per WhoScored.com. While Goetze has managed to chalk up 11 goals and eight assists, his output is limited due to the strength of Bayern's squad and demands of Guardiola's tactics.
Moving to Chelsea may fail to remedy such a problem. Oscar is arguably the Blues equivalent of Bayern's young, dynamic, goalscoring midfielder, but he has also struggled to remain in Jose Mourinho's team. The Brazilian has posted similar totals—scoring nine and creating six across 32 starts and 10 sub appearances—indicating he and Goetze would reduce each other's playing time if in the same squad.
Alongside Oscar, Chelsea already have Eden Hazard, Andre Schurrle, Willian, Mohamed Salah, Lucas Piazon, Marco van Ginkel, Frank Lampard, Marko Marin and Victor Moses on their books, all of whom can fulfil similar duties. Goetze is better suited to an Emirates switch, where his passing and technical ability would slot straight into Arsenal's philosophy.
Many predicted a lack of playing time for Goetze when he exited Dortmund. Mats Hummels, his former teammate at the Westfalenstadion, recently launched a thinly veiled dig at the former BVB star, saying he'd "rather win one championship as a key player than four championships as a part-time player," per Bild (via Stephan Uersfeld of ESPN FC).
Miguel Delaney of the latter publication reports quotes attributed to Mourinho, who suggests Chelsea's focus will be on a striker—not a creative type of Goetze's ilk—when the summer transfer window opens:
Mourinho on Diego Costa signing: "Chelsea will be quite quiet in summer. We are going to do some critical signings. A striker? Yes."— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) May 2, 2014
Mourinho will consciously battle against UEFA's financial fair play rules every time he bids in the future. Goetze cost Bayern in the region of £31.5 million, a fee Chelsea may struggle to deploy if they sign Diego Costa, as expected by Rob Beasley of The Sun (subscription required), for £32 million.
The Portuguese boss has more than enough resources to call upon, making a move unlikely. Goetze's quotes may have been an indirect way of asking Guardiola for more playing time as Bayern conclude the Bundesliga campaign with the championship already secured.
It may also turn out to be a "come and get me" plea to the continent's best.