MUNICH (Sporting Alert) – Liverpool and Arsenal target Mario Gotze will joinin the summer the German champions have confirmed.
Gotze, who was linked strongly with a move to the English Premier League, was a summer target of Arsenal and Liverpool, but the attacking midfield is now set to join Munich after the Bundesliga champions appeared to have met the £32million release clause in his contract.
“FC Bayern Munich confirms that the club has agreed terms with 20-year-old Germany international Mario Götze for the player to join FC Bayern on 1 July 2013,” the club said in a statement on its website.
“FC Bayern is prepared to activate the contractual release clause agreed between Borussia Dortmund and Mario Götze.”
Dortmund had announced earlier that the German international had asked to leave the club in the summer and he is now set to become the most expensive German player in history.
A Dortmund statement read: “Mario Goetze and his advisor Volker Struth informed us a few days ago that Goetze would like to use the get-out clause in his contract and move to Bayern Munich on July 1.
“We are deeply disappointed but we emphasise that Mario and his agent have acted absolutely according to his contract.”
It is believed that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had tabled in a £31.5million offer, but Goetze, according to reports, was more optimistic about working with Pep Guardiola, the former Barcelona boss who will be the new manager on Bayern Munich at the start of the new season.
Liverpool were also said to be interested in bringing the midfielder to the EPL, but fell out of the runnings as they were not prepared to pay the high asking price.
Earlier in the season Dortmund claimed that Goetze would remain at the club, and added that Liverpool and Arsenal were not big enough to sign him.