Arsenal have been linked with a swoop for Mario Gotze, who has been told he is surplus to requirements at Bayern Munich.
Gotze has struggled for game time under Pep Guardiola this season and German publication Suddeutsche Zeitung say incoming boss Carlo Ancelotti has informed the 23-year-old he doesn’t feature in his plans going forward.
The Germany international joined Bayern in a 37million euros deal in 2013 but is due to fall out of contract next summer and is thought to be available for a 20million euros fee.
Arsenal are on the hunt for additions in attack following Danny Welbeck’s injury blow and amid uncertainty over Olivier Giroud’s future.
Although Gotze is not a like-for-like replacement, Arsenal could step up their pursuit of the 23-year-old World Cup winner but they will face competition for the forward’s services.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp worked with Gotze at Borussia Dortmund and, as such, the Reds have been mooted as potential suitors, while Italian giants Juventus are also said to be keen on the playmaker.
Gotze has managed 20 goals in 72 Bundesliga appearances for Bayern over the course of his stay at the Allianz Arena but he has scored just once in the German top flight this term, with three further goals in other competitions, and he is without a goal since October.