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Arsene Wenger has taken a significant step towards spending a chunk of Arsenal’s £50million transfer fund on Borussia Dortmund wonderkid Mario Goetze.

The Gunners manager dispatched the club’s chief scout Steve Rowley to watch the 19-year-old in Dortmund’s Champions League win over Olympiakos in Germany on Tuesday night.

The highly-influential Rowley was also joined at the BVB Stadion by another senior Arsenal spy – such is the club’s seriousness about signing the player.

Wenger views the Germany international as one of the brightest creative talents in Europe and is willing to smash the club’s current transfer record – the £15million paid to Zenit St Petersburg for Andrey Arshavin – to land Goetze.

The Gunners boss has first hand experience of Goetze’s talents. The German put in an excellent display against Arsenal during the 1-1 Champions League draw in Dortmund in September.

And Arsenal’s top spies will run the rule over Goetze once more when the club’s meet again on November 23.

The Bundesliga club rate the youngster around the £20million bracket and while the Gunners will initially refuse to meet Dortmund’s asking price, Wenger has made it clear that Goetze is a top priority target.

Arsenal are preparing a January offer for Goetze but whether the German club are willing to sell their highly-rated forward in mid-season remains to be seen.

Nevertheless, Wenger will return for Goetze next summer if the club’s efforts to land him January fail.

However, the Gunners are likely to face plenty competition for Goezte’s signature, with Europe’s elite all tracking the talented attacking midfielder.

Source: DailyMail

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