Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc is planning on entering into contract talks with Mario Gotze in the coming months, with the club hoping to keep hold of the Arsenal target as speculation continues to surround a possible move.
Gotze's comments in the media seem to jump to and from the possibility of leaving Dortmund before his contract with the club ends in 2014, and while he insisted last week that he would consider prolonging that deal, the playmaker also refused this week to rule out a move away from the club.
"Anyone who plays for a club like Dortmund can only imagine extending their stay there," he told Kicker. "But this isn't a current issue. I wouldn't rule it out, but I won't guarantee it."
And now, as Zorc reportedly plans to convince current Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp to stay with the club for the long term, he is set on convincing Gotze to do the same, with long term goals to build the club into a Bundesliga giant capable of challenging for Champions League honours in mind.
"Yes, we'll talk," Zorc told Bild, referring to Gotze.
"We sit there but not under pressure with a time limit. Our goal, as long as Mario is happy, is to keep him at Borussia Dortmund."
Arsenal have long been very strongly connected to Gotze, and Arsene Wenger has made no secret of his admiration for the starlet.
Gotze would fit perfectly into Wenger's transfer policy, with the Gunners manager targeting youngsters showing the potential to be top European talents. His reported fee of around £30 million, though, would be by far a record price for the Frenchman to pay for any player in over 15 years at Arsenal.
Manchester United were also said to be chasing Gotze, but Ferguson has categorically ruled out bringing in any new midfielders into the squad, and appears likely to stay true to his word until the summer at least.
Borussia Dortmund seem to have a golden generation in their wings, with Marco Reus also said to be highly coveted by Arsenal, along with Robert Lewandowski and Neven Subotic and Mats Hummels being names who have all come up with possible transfers to big clubs.
Gotze is still cementing his place in the Germany national side, and his performance in the 2014 World Cup along with his progress over the next few years could be make or break for a big fee move to a side like Arsenal.