Chelsea are interested in signing Mario Gotze from Bayern Munich in the summer transfer window, according to The Sun.
It has been reported by the British tabloid that Bayern head coach Carlo Ancelotti told his former club Chelsea weeks ago that Gotze was not in his plans for next season.
The Sun has also reported that the London club have already had discussions with the Germany international midfielder’s representatives.
Bayern will reportedly demand a transfer fee of £35 million, which Chelsea are claimed to be ready to pay.
Liverpool are also reported to be interested in the 23-year-old and are also willing to meet the German club’s transfer demands.
“Liverpool are also willing to meet the fee but have been left trailing in the chase - despite former Borussia Dortmund midfielder Gotze’s close relationship with Anfield boss Jurgen Klopp,” adds the report in The Sun.
One advantage that Liverpool could have in signing Gotze is the relationship between the 2014 World Cup winner and manager Jurgen Klopp.
Klopp and Gotze worked together at Borussia Dortmund and achieved quite a lot of success.
The German midfielder has not progressed as much as he would have liked to at Bayern, and perhaps reuniting with his former boss and playing for an exciting Liverpool team would help him fulfil his potential.
“Gotze is well aware of Liverpool’s interest and he has sounded out people about what life is like on Merseyside, what demands are placed on a player in the Barclays Premier League and what the club are like,” states the report in The Daily Mail.
In 13 Bundesliga appearances for Bayern this season, Gotze has scored one goal and has created 17 chances.