Arsenal have made first contact with Borussia Dortmund star

The player is also open to a move

Arsenal endured an underwhelming season as they failed to win any silverware in Arsene Wenger’s final campaign. They finished 6th in the Premier League, reached the Carabao Cup final and the Europa League semi-final.

Unai Emery has been appointed as the new manager of the Gunners and is charged with the task of returning the club to the European elite while challenging for major honours.

The Spaniard is expected to be busy in the summer transfer window in order to strengthen the squad for next season. He has been told by the club’s board he will have to operate under a restricted transfer budget of £50 million during his first summer in charge at the Emirates.

Despite limits on what they can spend, the Premier League giants have already completed the signing of Stephan Lichtsteiner on a free transfer.  They have wasted little time having struck a deal to sign Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira but are looking to complete more signings.

There were reports few days ago that the Gunners are few of the clubs that are interested in signing Borussia Dortmund star Mario Gotze.

The midfielder was on top of the world when he fired Germany to World Cup glory in Brazil in 2014 with a dramatic extra-time winner against Argentina. But he has endured a difficult four years since then, fallen from the limelight due to injury and illness.

The rest of his time at Bayern Munich didn’t went well as he struggled for regular game time and struggled to shine under Pep Guardiola. He returned back to his former club Borussia Dortmund in 2016 in order to get more first team football.

However, halfway through an injury-hit 2016/17 season it was discovered that the 26 year old had a metabolic disorder which had been affecting his performances with fatigue and muscle weakness.

The German International old showed glimpses of his talent last season, scoring 2 goals and assisting 6 in 32 games. But still didn’t went the way he was hoping for and missed a place in the Germany World Cup squad.

He is looking to kickstart his career and is keen to move to Premier League as he believes a fresh start in the biggest league in the world will give him the perfect platform to showcase his ability again. Some reports have stated that Gotze could be available for as little as £18 million this summer.

Arsenal have made first contact with the German side over the summer transfer of Gotze, according to

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