Why did no Premier League side go for Mario Gomez?

Chelsea and Manchester City were the sides most strongly linked with Mario Gomez, but he this week sealed a move to Fiorentina instead.

UEFA Europa League side Fiorentina have captured one of the signing's of the summer with the acquisition of Bayern Munich and Germany striker Mario Gómez for a reported €15.5 million (£13m) fee.

After being injured over the summer and for the start of the 2012-13 season, Gómez played second fiddle to Mario Mandžukić for much of the campaign.

Failing to start the UEFA Champions League final victory over Borussia Dortmund – making an appearance only in stoppage time, on top of starting just 9 of Bayern Munich's 34 Bundesliga matches last season, the prolific striker has transferred to Italy.

Pep Guardiola's arrival at the Allianz Arena appears to have done nothing in convincing Gómez to stay. Though from the tactics used in Barcelona, perhaps the out-and-out striker would not fit into the Spaniard's line up.

Mario Gómez's move to Italy comes as a surprise – signing for a team who will not be competing in this season's Champions League after missing out in the final minutes of the final day as AC Milan overcame a 1-0 half-time deficit in Siena to win 2-1 with two goals in the final 7 minutes to leapfrog the Viola into that third and final Champions League spot representing Serie A.

The prolific striker netted 75 goals in 115 Bundesliga games for Bayern Munich – a goal ratio of 0.65. Yet, no Premier League or Champions League side signed the striker.

It is said that playing for Bayern Munich is easy for a striker – living off chances created from the likes of Franck Ribéry, Thomas Müller, Toni Kroos, Arjen Robben, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Philipp Lahm can't be a bad thing. But his brace in the Champions League against Manchester City, hat-trick against Napoli, four against FC Basel and single against Real Madrid in the 2011-12 Champions League suggests otherwise.

Mario Gómez has 26 goals in 44 Champions League matches and 25 goals in 58 caps for the German national team.

One player who has limited Gómez's opportunities at international level is Miroslav Klose. His fellow German international team mate joined SS Lazio two seasons ago and has hit double figures in each of his league campaigns in Rome.

Mario Gómez had previously been linked with Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur before making his move to Italy this week.

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