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Götze heads Man Utd shortlist of Dortmund stars

| 05.04.2011

Even though Mario Götze only recently signed a new contract at Borussia Dortmund, this seems unlikely to deter Manchester United in leading the chase for the young German superstar in the summer.

Götze has made giant waves in his debut Bundesliga season, making 27 appearances to help Dortmund move into a seven-point advantage at the top with six games remaining.

This has made Dortmund 1/20 in the Bundesliga betting to win the title for the first time since 2002.

Although he has contributed five goals, it is Götze’s dribbling skill and ability to single-handedly change a game that has proved his biggest asset and has also seen him collect three senior German caps, despite being just an 18-year-old.

Dortmund will be pleased that he has signed to the club until 2014 and that he has spoken out that he is not long enough into this contract extension to warrant talking about a big transfer elsewhere.

However, Manchester United may be willing to tempt their resolve with a summer offer of around €25m, which Dortmund may find tough to reject.

Dortmund face a turbulent summer as they are sure to be hit with numerous offers for five of the current top stars.

Götze is also said to be a target of Barcelona, while central defensive duo Mats Hummels and Neven Subotic have been linked with a host of top European clubs.

Dortmund have only conceded 17 goals in their 28 league matches this season and this has brought interest from Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City for Subotic, while Tottenham may move for Hummels.

Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa is another to have reportedly impressed Manchester United, while Sven Bender has proved a massive hit in the holding midfield position.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.