MANCHESTER (Sporting Alert) — Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool were all linked with Mario Gotze, but it was Manchester City who made a huge bid for the German star, according to Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
Gotze was one of the top young prospects for many leading clubs in Europe while he was at Borussia Dortmund, but according to Rummenigge, the forward rejected an “incredible offer from Manchester City” to join Bayern Munich.
Rummenigge also added that Real Madrid “desperately” wanted to capture Poland forward Robert Lewandowski, who apparently agreed terms to sign for Bayern long before Dortmund gave permission.
“If we hadn’t signed them, they would now be playing abroad somewhere,” Rummenigge was quoted as saying to Germany’s Spiegel magazine. “Both make the league attractive.
“Gotze had an incredible offer from Manchester City while Real Madrid desperately wanted Lewandowski, and would that have been better for the Bundesliga?”
It is understood that Gotze had no desire to play for Manchester City, while Lewandowski supposedly felt that a move to Spain wouldn’t have suited him, as Real Madrid wanted Karim Benzema to still be their main center-forward.
Both Gotze and Lewandowski have been influential for Bayern Munich since moving to the German Bundesliga champions and the pair have vowed to help Bayern Munich win back the Champions League crown this season.
The 22-year-old Gotze has played 10 games in the Bundesliga and has scored six goals and one assist. He has also taken 22 shots. The World Cup star, who netted the winner against Argentina in the 2014 final, has played four UEFA Champions League games this season and has two goals and one assist.
Lewandowski has also played 10 games in the league, scoring five goals and two assists from 35 shots. In Champions League action, he has scored a goal and helped with assisting two from four outings.