Gotze has just completed a £32 million deal to sign for Bayern Munich and their CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has revealed that they refused to put a buy-out clause in Gotze’s first contract at the club.
It’s effectively the clause which allowed Bayern Munich to buy him in the first place and they cannot be blamed for wanting to protect their investment, made for the talented 20-year-old.
If a buy-out clause had existed in his contract with Bayern, then it would have presented the chance for a Premier League club to buy him at some point in the future if they met whatever the figure was.
It now means that if any Premier League side wants to sign Gotze, they will be relying on Bayern Munich’s willingness to do a deal over something which they are obliged to do.
It is a little odd considering the fact that they could have set the buy-out clause at a massive amount, around the same sort of region of the clause in Lionel Messi’s contract at Barcelona, literally hundreds of millions of pounds.
The only other option is if Gotze engineers a situation for himself where he gives the club not much other option than to sell him.
He could wind down his contract, become a problem and that would effectively force Bayern Munich into finding a buyer for him, if that buyer is willing to meet their valuation.
However, that seems very unlikely due to the fact he’s just become one of the most expensive 20-year-olds in the history of the game and it relies and something going badly wrong during the early part of his Bayern career.
However, a major English club like Manchester City, Chelsea or Manchester United, who were all linked with Gotze, have all shown a consistent willingness to spend big to get the players they want.
It’s actually very clever by Bayern Munich and another example of the key differences between their status in German football and the way contracts are approached in other parts of Europe.
Gotze will be with Bayern Munich as he heads to his mid-20s and if they continue getting him to agree with contract extensions, he could be with the club for the majority of his career.
It all adds up to a reasonable suggestion that English sides could well have missed out on their best ever chance of signing him.
Do you think he’ll stay at Bayern for the rest of his career?
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