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World Cup Winner Emerges As United Target

Manchester United could be tempted into moving for Bayern Munich’s Mario Gotze this summer. The German World Cup winner has endured a frustrating season and is said to be unhappy with the German Champions.

Gotze has been badly out of form and is used mainly as a substitute for Bayern. The World Cup hero was one of the worlds brightest stars when he made the move from Dortmund to Munich. However under Pep Guardiola, Gotze has found his chances limited.

There has been talk of Manchester United interest, however it remains to be seen if this is the case. Angel Di Maria could also be used in a swap deal for the German, as suggested by Ex Liverpool player Dietmar Hamann had this to say on the situation, in his column for Goal.com

‘Mario Gotze is badly out of form and has hardly contributed for Bayern Munich this season. It would be best for the club and the player if he moved on this summer,’

‘Bayern is clearly not the right club for him. There’s a lot of press focus, fans turning up at training every day, it’s intense in a way he doesn’t seem to like. If you have signed at a big club for a lot of money and much is expected of you, sometimes you have to stick out your elbows and make people know you are there.

‘Gotze seems to like a more harmonious atmosphere and Bayern are highly likely to sell him. He’s not happy at the club, and the club aren’t happy with him. When that’s the case it’s better all round to have a parting of the ways. Bayern will want to get back roughly what they paid for Gotze but whether anyone is willing to cop a £30m fee is another matter.

‘There has been talk of a swap with Manchester United for Angel di Maria. Whether that is likely I don’t know, but Di Maria is the type of player Bayern need, and they have to bring in players of his calibre.

‘Their squad is too old, they need more pace and more width – as they showed in the 3-0 defeat at Barcelona – and they need to move now. They cannot afford to wait another year.’

Whether a deal is in place is still in the balance. But Di Maria would fit right in at Bayern, so it’s clear why he may be linked with the club. As for Gotze, there’s no reason to say he won’t join United, but with the huge amount of ‘Number 10’s’ at the club, surely Gotze’s arrival would see an end to not only Di Maria, but maybe Mata or Januzaj as well.