LIVERPOOL’S interest in German star Mario Gotze could be scuppered by Arsenal.
The Bayern Munich attacker appears set to leave the Bundesliga champions, with incoming boss Carlo Ancelotti having already told him he can find a new club this summer.
Borussia Dortmund had appeared favourites to snap up the 2014 World Cup winner but Gotze has admitted an interest in playing in the Premier League.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is a big fan of the 23-year-old, the pair having spent a successful period together at Dortmund and that connection made the Reds hot favourites to secure the out-of-favour star.
However, German outlet Suddeutsche Zeitung claim Arsenal could be about to enter the race.
They say: “Arsene Wenger is weighing up a bid, with Gotze set to be available on the cheap.
“It is believed the Gunners are keen on the German in order to bolster their own attacking options.”
But you’d still have to fancy Liverpool to win the battle if Gotze does indeed opt for a move to England, with the Reds having “begun the process” to persuade him a move to Anfield is his best option, including making him one of the highest-paid players at the club.
Gotze himself is believed to have made “discreet enquiries” about life at Liverpool.
Much could depend no how the Reds fare in next week’s Europa League final against Sevilla.
Victory would guarantee them a place in next season’s Champions League but defeat in Basle could see Klopp’s men miss out on European football altogether.