It doesn’t take much Googling to find a story linking Borussia Dortmund’s Mario Götze with a move to Arsenal. Fees of up to £30m have been mentioned on top of whispers that Arsenal pushed very hard to get him during the summer.
So, with the January transfer window looming, and Arsenal set to play the German side tomorrow, it’s no wonder that Arsene Wenger was asked whether or not the Gunners would make a move for the player.
Interestingly, he was asked the same question twice. Once by the UK media, and then later by a German journalist. The two answers are quite different.
To the UK press he said: “At the moment with the transfer window … we are interested just in keeping our squad, we have a massive squad and we are not after anybody.”
To the German journalist he was a little more forthcoming, replying in German: “He’s a very good player, I’m not surprised there is lots of interest, but from our side I don’t think this is the best moment to talk about it. We play Dortmund tomorrow therefore it’s important for us to focus on the game and not talk about transfers.
“But you can never say never.”
Arsenal have reportedly been scouting the player quite vigorously in recent weeks although that probably has as much to do with watching Dortmund ahead of this Champions League fixture than anything else.
But Arsenal fans would certainly get excited at the thoughts of adding a player to the squad who can, quite literally, tear defences apart and leave them red raw.