According to Sport Bild, Everton are ‘interested’ in Mario Gotze and may have to battle West Ham United to procure his signature.
The 27-year-old attacking midfielder, who can also play up front, looks set to leave Borussia Dortmund this summer as his deal is up in the coming months. Gotze has struggled for form and playing time under Lucien Favre and looks unlikely to be handed a contract extension.
Everton are expected to sign another forward this season, having been linked with Torino’s Andrea Belotti and Napoli’s Hirving Lozano, but it remains to be seen if they’re genuinely interested in Gotze given the origin of this rumour.
Michael Rummenigge wrote in a Sportbuzzer column in March that Everton and West Ham would be potential destinations for the German international this summer, and it seems Sport Bild have run with his opinion as fact.
The German publication add that Everton are unlikely to match Gotze’s €190,000-per-week (£166k-p/w) contract at Dortmund, though, which is something Vital Everton have previously stated too. It’s his poor form and fitness problems that should give the Merseysiders pause for thought, however.
Gotze re-joined Dortmund from Bayern Munich in 2016 and has gone on to make 101 appearances in all competitions, scoring only 14 goals. He made 19 appearances this season, scoring just three goals, so it’s hard to see why Everton want him.
The 27-year-old started only five games under Favre in 2019/20 and was an unused substitute 10 times, so it’s clear he’s on the periphery and would be better off leaving.