Borussia Dortmund’s managing director Hans-Joachim Watzke has revealed that he is aware of intensifying interest from Arsenal in stars Mario Gotze and Kevin Großkreutz, though he insists he is relaxed over the proposed offers.
Gotze and Großkreutz have both emerged as two of the most exciting young talents in European club football, attracting interest from a host of top clubs with a series of impressive displays.
Dortmund find themselves second in the Bundesliga, with am impressive goal difference of +17 reflecting the attacking abilities currently possessed by the club. Focal to their attacking threat are Gotze and Großkreutz – two players who many believe will be plying their trade abroad next season.
Despite their recent revival, Arsenal’s fortunes this season have been mixed, following the departures of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri. A number of signings in the closing moments of the summer transfer window have not yet remedied the vacancies left by their former stars, and Wenger now looks like to chase further reinforcements in the near future.
Following news that chief scout Steve Rowley has been monitoring Borussia Dortmund’s attacking pair, Watzke insisted that he remains calm over the storm surrounding the club’s top talent.
“I see the whole situation in a relaxed way,” Watzke was quoted as saying in tribalfootball.com.
“Before our first game in the Champions League, Arsenal were talking about Gotze. Now, with the second leg due in London, it's all about Großkreutz.
"Maybe a third player will be mentioned when we get closer?"