In the spring of 2013 there was a transfer battle going on for Mario Gotze. The Borussia Dortmund attacking midfielder was being chased by a number of teams but in the end it looked as though the race went down to two teams, Arsenal and Bayern Munich.
Of course he joined Bayern in a €37 million move, agreeing the deal in April of last year.
Gotze had an understated first season at Bayern. He did in fact struggle to make a big impression on Bayern fans and in May he pricked the ears of Arsenal and other suitors once again by complaining about his lack of opportunities:
"Of course I am not happy. But I will continue to work hard and fight for a place in the first XI. I hope I am able to regain the trust of the manager and play regularly from the start."
But Gotze is of course now a different beast. He is now the man who won the World Cup for Germany scoring the winning goal against Argentina in Rio de Janeiro this summer.
He is now expected to be a more permanent member of the Bayern Munich first-team. But he has now been speaking about his future and Arsenal have hope of one day signing him.
"I'm very, very happy to be at Bayern and to be playing in Germany. It could continue for another 14 years and that wouldn't be bad. But when it comes to personality, playing abroad would certainly be appealing too. There have been good examples of that. Although I've never seriously contemplated that."
He seems open to a move away from Germany in the future, but could equally remain at Bayern for the rest of his career.
But another season like the one just before and he might just be worth an approach.