Date: 10th March 2016 at 12:15pm
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Liverpool and Manchester United are set to go head-to-head this summer in a bid to sign Germany’s World Cup winner Mario Gotze, according to German outlet TZ (via the Daily Star).

The Premier League, who meet in their first-ever European encounter at Anfield on Thursday night in the last-16 of the Europa League, are both interested in snapping up the Bayern Munich midfielder once the 2015-16 campaign has concluded.

The 23-year-old, who has 48 international caps for his country and is set to star for Germany during the forthcoming 2016 European Championships in France this summer, has scored four goals and provided two assists in just 11 appearances in all competitions for Pep Guardiola’s side this season due to injury problems.

Gotze, who famously scored the extra-time winner against Argentina to lift the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, is likely to be offloaded by the Bundesliga champions later this year.

The report suggests that Munich are busy preparing new contracts for their top stars, but central midfielder Gotze is surplus to requirements, with incoming manager Carlo Ancelotti not thought to be keen on keeping the German at the Allianz Arena.

As a result; the Reds and Red Devils, alongside Serie A giants Juventus, are all interested in recruiting the former Borussia Dortmund star this summer, who is reportedly worth around the £31m mark.

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