There’s only really been one Mario in the football news headlines in recent months, but according to reports there could be another one about to steal the Manchester limelight – but could he take the nickname ‘Super’ from Mr Balotelli?
It’s been suggested that United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is keen to land the services of Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mario Gotze, although his agent Dirk Hebel has been quick to claim that although he has been approached, the Red Devils may have a bit of a fight on their hands from elsewhere.
At just 19 years old, Gotze is the name on many people’s lips and the transfer rumours don’t seem to be going away any time soon. However, Hebel told Sky Sports that Juventus are also chasing the in-demand teenager’s signature and that it may not be easy trying to prise him away from the Bundesliga side.
“I can confirm that I have had contact with Juventus and Manchester United, but not only them,” he told Sky. “I don’t know if he’ll go away after this season, you should ask Borussia. But I think that they will not let him leave for less than 40 million euros.” Hebel concluded by saying that as it stands, young Mario is still “very happy at Dortmund” although he has been troubled by an injury recently.
Despite his tender years, Gotze has won 12 caps for Germany and could well be a major player in the team’s Euro 2012 campaign later this year. Of course, Manchester United will want to make sure they’re able to get some sort of agreement in place before the tournament ends, as it will prove to be the perfect stage for his abilities. Traditionally, a major tournament of this kind can drive up the prices of the most sought after players – and might even see Gotze poached by a club with more money to spend.
The attacking midfielder has shone at both club and country level, and even managed to pop a goal past Brazil last August during a friendly that saw Germany win 2-0. No doubt, whichever team he plays for next, much will be expected of Mario – but with the next transfer deadline some time away, we may have to wait a while before finding out which team that might be.
Leanne Miller is a professional writer from Manchester, UK specialising in entertainment and sport.