GET YOUR GOMEZ BUTTON READY?
No, seriously. This isn't just something that has to do with my amusement when it comes to the Gomez Button. This is actually about Juventus' hunt for a striker. Yeah, that one. You know what I'm talking about now. That thing that has eluded Juventus ever since they've returned to being the best team Italy.
No we're talking. Some reading is as follows...
Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez's agent confirmed Fiorentina, Juventus, Atletico Madrid and Manchester City "are interested."
The forward has made it clear he would like to move on from the Champions League holders so he can get more regular playing time.
He had been considered close to Napoli or Fiorentina, but agent Uli Ferberrevealed says there is another Serie A side in the race.
"Fiorentina are no the only club interested, as there are also Juventus, Atletico Madrid and Manchester City," the representative told German newspaper Bild.
"When he returns from his vacation, we will evaluate the best solution for Mario."
(Source: Football Italia)
So, there's another name to throw into the hat, ladies and gentlemen.
Out of all the names that have been linked to Juventus this summer — Stevan Jovetic, Gonzalo Higuain, Carlos Tevez, and on and on and on — Gonez is quite possibly the purest goal scorer there is. 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons were just absolutely nuts. In 65 Bundesliga games, Gomez scored 54 goals. That's an average of 27 goals a season and one of the best strike rates in all of European football, folks.
Then Mario Mandzukic had to come and take his starting spot and everything got thrown out of whack. Gomez still scored 19 goals in 30 appearances this season despite the significant decrease in playing time with the other Mario arriving in Munich. That's quite impressive seeing as Bayern relied heavily on Mandzukic both domestically and in the Champions League and Gomez's playing time was a fraction of what it was when he was a full-time starter two seasons ago.
Because of that, it means Gomez — who turns 28 years old next month — is on the market. I guess that's one of the benefits of Bayern trying to buy everybody in the Bundesliga. (Okay, maybe not everybody, but a lot of players for a lot of money.) Beppe Marotta and Fabio Paratici, based on what Gomez's agent has said, are well aware of the striker's desire for regular playing time as a starter once again. Then again, so is just about every team who is trying to secure his services.
Ah, what fun that could be had. And Gomez Button, too!