Mario Gotze
Football Soccer - Germany v England - International Friendly - Olympiastadion, Berlin, Germany - 26/3/16 Germany's Mario Gotze looks dejected after the game Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch

Liverpool could sign Bayern Munich forward Mario Gotze for a cheaper deal this summer, according to the latest transfer rumours.

Football Insider reported that Liverpool could acquire Gotze for a cut-price transfer fee of £20 million (AU$37.8 million). The report noted that Gotze, whose contract with Bayern Munich expires in 2017, was originally rated by the Bundesliga sides around £50 million (AU$94.6 million).

But after struggling to be an integral part of Pep Guardiola’s side in the past two seasons, the 23-year-old German’s value has dropped down significantly, which bodes well to the Reds’ bid of bringing him into the Premier League.

Gotze had 99 appearances for Borussia Dortmund before completing a £31.5 million (AU$59.5 million) transfer to Bayern in 2013. According to Sky Sports, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is confident he could snatch Gotze in the summer transfer for the reported price.

Liverpool Echo writer Kristian Walsh believes Klopp and Gotze’s close ties during their stint at Dortmund is among the several factors for a possible reunion with the Reds. “That Klopp and Gotze became close at Dortmund is an undoubted positive of a potential reunion, both on and off the pitch,” Walsh wrote. “It would allow an opportunity to take to his potential new side quickly.”

Meanwhile, former Liverpool striker John Aldridge hit at the Reds for missing out on a deal to sign MK Dons rising star Dele Alli last month. Aldridge, who has a column for Liverpool Echo, admitted it was “hard to take” that the Reds missed out the chance to add in their lineup England’s brightest prospect after the club’s American owner refused to invest at Alli.

‘So to miss out on him and to now see what he’s doing for Spurs and for England, it is hard to take,” Aldridge noted. “You can see what a player he’ll become, he can play in so many different positions.”