Could Gotze move help Chelsea and Manchester City in their pursuit of Gomez?

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The German midfielder will be used in an attacking role in Pep Guardiola's team next year, making it more likely that Gomez, amongst others, is set to depart the club.

It is Tuesday morning on the 23rd of April, and if you are a Dortmund fan it is likely your only concerns is the Champions League semi-finals that are coming over the next couple days. One thing you are certainly not expecting is a transfer meltdown where one of your best players is announced as leaving for your biggest domestic rivals in the summer.

However Dortmund have now confirmed that Mario Gotze will move to Bayern Munich in the summer after his £32million release clause was activated. Pep Guardiola was reportedly closely involved in their pursuit of the player, and Gotze is the first addition to an already incredibly talented squad under the Spaniard's tenure.

Bayern are not short of options in attack, and the suggestion seems to be that Gotze could be used as a false nine under Guardiola. With this in mind, and the continuing excellence of Mario Mandzukic as Bayern's first choice striker, it seems very likely that Mario Gomez will leave the club in the summer.

If that is the case, there will be plenty of clubs interested in signing the 27 year old forward, and Chelsea and Manchester City could spearhead Premier League interest. Gomez has had an injury disrupted season, but few will have forgotten his 40 goal haul for Bayern last year.

Chelsea have reportedly marked Gomez as the back-up choice if they miss out on Radamel Falcao, but in focussing their attention elsewhere they could see City move into pole position in the race for Gomez. Whoever is in charge at Manchester City will look to reinforce their attacking options, with Edin Dzeko's expected departure leaving only Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero as senior strikers in the squad.

If reports are to be believed, Pep Guardiola has already written off Gomez as an option in his Bayern side, but the German striker is a superb goal scorer, and either Manchester City or Chelsea would strengthen their sides considerably if they could bring him to England.

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