MARIO GOTZE is set to be at the centre of a four-way tug-of-war this summer as Bayern Munich look to offload the 23-year-old.
Gotze shot to stardom when he scored Germany’s extra-time winner against Argentina in the 2014 World Cup final.
But his club career has stalled since and, in an injury-plagued season, he has made just 11 appearances for the Bundesliga leaders.
German outlet TZ reports: “Bayern are busy preparing new contracts for their top stars but Gotze is not being considered.
“Incoming Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti has not made contact with Gotze or his representatives and the midfielder will not be part of his plans.”
They go on to claim that “Manchester United, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Juventus are all waiting in the wings should Gotze be let go.
“The ex-Borussia Dortmund star is reportedly worth around £31m but that amount could rise considerably depending on how he fares with Germany at Euro 2016.”
The playmaker – who can also do a job up front or out wide – would certainly be a valuable addition to either United or Liverpool, with the Old Trafford side in particular lacking flair and creativity going forward.
As far as age goes, Gotze is still to reach the peak of his career and his speed, technique and dribbling skills saw him described in 2010 by the German Football Association’s then-technical director Matthias Sammer as “one of the best talents Germany has ever had.”
But the likely absence of Champions League football at either Premier League club next season may prove a stumbling block.
United and Liverpool fans, are you interested?