Gomez: Chelsea wanted me for £36.5m
Thursday 10 February 2011
Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez has claimed that Chelsea made a £36.5m bid for him during the January transfer window, an offer that was rejected by the Bavarian club.
Reports in Germany suggest that Chelsea moved for Gomez on deadline day last month, as an insurance policy against the possible collapse of their move for Fernando Torres, that was eventually successful late on the transfer window's final evening.
"I only found out about the offer after the club had turned it down," Gomez told the German newspaper Bild. "But it wouldn't have mattered anyway. I am already at a top club and I am playing where I always wanted to."
Gomez, 25, is the top scorer in the Bundesliga this season with 16 goals in 14 starts, putting him ahead of Papiss Demba Cissé of SC Freiburg and Eintracht Frankfurt's Theofanis Gekas. He is in his second season at the Allianz Arena, having joined Bayern from Stuttgart in May 2009 for a Bundesliga record fee of over £25m. He played some part in Bayern's success last season, scoring 14 goals as Louis van Gaal's side won the Bundesliga, the German Cup and reached the final of the Champions League where they lost 2-0 to Jose Mourinho's Internazionale. It was Gomez's second German league title; he won it in the 2006-07 season with Stuttgart, the club where he began his senior career.
Gomez has 41 international caps and has scored 14 goals for Germany. He was part of the squad that finished second and third in Euro 2008 and last year's World Cup respectively, but he failed to score in both tournaments.
Chelsea succeeded in buying Torres on 31 January for £50m, a British record fee. He made his debut against former club Liverpool last Sunday, but was substituted after 66 minutes. Raul Meireles scored three minutes later and Liverpool eventually won the game 1-0.
Latest in Sport
Phil Neville and his fellow Match of the Day pundits given warning by the BBC after 'smash them' comment
Manchester United transfer news and rumours: David De Gea could leave for FREE; £38m for Marquinhos; £37m bid for Mats Hummels;
Transfer news LIVE: Manchester United to make £37m Mats Hummels bid; Inter plan Yaya Toure move; Shola Ameobi joins Crystal Palace
Gabriel Paulista: Talented Brazilian could grow into world-class defender at Arsenal
Liverpool transfer news and rumours: Mario Balotelli's agent speaks as Brendan Rodgers swoops for German duo
- 3 Russian girl takes her own life after parents find pornography on her computer
- 4 Ball pool for adults opens in London
- 5 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia