Liverpool have been linked with a move for Gotze for some time.
The Reds have been linked with the Bayern Munich star for quite some time, going back into the latter stages of the season that has just passed, with Sky Sports linking the Reds with a move for him in March, in what would be a reunion with former manager Jurgen Klopp with the two having worked together at Borussia Dortmund.
But given how long things have dragged on for, with it turning into something of a saga - with claims, including from the Mirror, that Gotze would like to stay and fight for his place at the Bundesliga Champions under new manager Carlo Ancelotti - James thinks that it is unlikely a deal will be done this summer.
He told the Express: "I don’t know whether the Gotze links are true, whether it’s in the pipeline [or not].
"Given the way Liverpool seem to do their transfer business it suggests that it won’t happen because I can’t think of one Liverpool player being talked about for months before we’d signed him.
"It’s literally ‘Liverpool are interested, they get him’ rather than ‘Is it? Is it not?’"
James is right to point out that it could develop into something of a saga as it seems there have been plenty of twists already, and one wonders whether links will have been so strongly reported back in March if the Reds were not confident of landing the World Cup winner's signature.
But the longer it has gone on, the more unlikely it looks as though it will happen, but things could easily change, though James has pointed out the swift way Liverpool have already got a deal done this summer.
He added: "[Loris] Karius is a prime example of that. I think it was less than a week from anyone knowing about him before he signed."
It will be interesting to see just what happens with Liverpool's business in the transfer market between now and the start of the season. It seems that Jurgen Klopp would like as many players through the door as soon as possible in order to get to work with them over pre-season.
If things are not done swiftly following the conclusion of Euro 2016 when it comes to Gotze, then one doubts it will happen.