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Arsenal Reportedly Among Premier League Clubs Eyeing Mario Gotze

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistJune 15, 2018

Mario Gotze of Borussia Dortmund (L) passes the ball under pressure from Diego Rossi of LAFC (Los Angeles Football Club) during their international soccer friendly in Los Angeles, California on May 22, 2018. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP)        (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
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Mario Gotze is reportedly considering a move to the Premier League this summer in an effort to revive his career, and Arsenal are among the teams interested in signing him.

According to the Mirror's Adrian Kajumba, the Borussia Dortmund star is looking at England after he failed to make Germany's squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Arsenal—along with Everton, Leicester City, West Ham United and Newcastle United—are said to be monitoring him.

Newcastle and Leicester have even gone as far as to make "tentative inquiries" into his availability, and Kajumba reported Gotze could cost as little as £18 million.

The attacking midfielder was once one of the biggest up-and-coming stars in the game. He was quick, skillful, creative and had an eye for goal. He also had the rare ability to create moments of magic in a game with a deft touch or defence-splitting pass.

His career has been on a downward trajectory since he scored the decisive goal against Argentina in the 2014 World Cup final, though.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13:  Mario Goetze of Germany scores his team's first goal past Sergio Romero of Argentina in extra time during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Ja
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The 26-year-old struggled to produce his best under Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich and returned to Dortmund in 2016.

He has been unable to recapture his prior form with BVB amid fitness issues and was ruled out indefinitely after being diagnosed with a rare muscular disorder early in 2017.

Though he was able to play last season, he missed out with Germany after producing two goals and seven assists in 32 appearances.

Football writer Lars Pollmann does not believe Gotze would be well-suited to English football:

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English fixture lists would be bad, bad, bad for Götze. If he were to leave he'd be smart to go to Italy or Spain I'd say.

Even with the recent announcement of a winter break, the Premier League can be a slog, and that would do no favours for a player with Gotze's issues.

His reported price tag is within plenty of Premier League clubs' range, but of those said to be interested, it would be difficult to see him giving serious consideration to any team besides Arsenal, who will be hoping to get back into the UEFA Champions League under new boss Unai Emery.

It seems the Premier League might not be the best choice for Gotze as he looks to reignite his career, either, though £18 million could prove to be a bargain if he is able to rediscover his best form.

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