Bayern Munich are in the final stages of negotiating a sell of Mario Götze back to Borussia Dortmund, according to Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. It’s confirmed that the disappointing three years of the Götze era in Munich is coming to an end.
Speaking with Sport Bild ahead of Bayern’s friendly against SV Lippstadt, Rummenigge confirmed that Götze’s team are working on the deal to bring the attacking midfielder back to Dortmund where he spent the early years of his career.
"I can confirm that discussions are taking place with Borussia Dortmund and his agent,” Rummenigge said. “At the end of the day, an agreement must be reached over the fee. I cannot yet report that that has happened."
That transfer fee, according to Sport Bild, will be around €28 million plus add-ons.
"Mario Götze is a wonderful footballer. Unfortunately, it has not worked out for him at FC Bayern. He was at Bayern for three years; he's now 24 years old. He has to play now! Accordingly, it [i.e., the transfer] is a logical development."
Götze’s transfer to Munich was a much ballyhooed “destroying” of Dortmund and the rest of the Bundesliga by anti-Bayern people. However, once he arrive in Munich, Götze was unable to take the next step in his progression to reach that truly elite status in the game. The injuries and the immense competition that he faced at Bayern didn’t help the situation.
Interestingly enough, Mario’s younger brother Felix is starting for Bayern in their friendly against Lippstadt.