When it comes to Juventus' reported pursuit of Bayern Munich playmaker Mario Götze, the Italian press is going through the natural progression of how things are going.
First, we get the first declaration of interest. Then there's the talking-to phase where the player and two clubs start to discuss things. That lands on where we are now when the Götze-Juventus rumors — reports out of Italy on Sunday that say both the German midfielder and the four-time Italian champions agreeing to personal terms on a contract.
Juventus have reportedly agreed personal terms with Bayern Munich's Mario Gotze and now must convince the German champions.
La Gazzetta dello Sport has reported that Bianconeri Director General Giuseppe Marotta met with the player's representatives last night and presented them with an offer.
This is believed to be for a five-year deal worth €6m per season plus bonuses and the Old Lady are reportedly keen to finalise a move quickly in order to avoid competition from Spanish and English clubs.
(Source: Football Italia)
Now, if we were to setup a power rankings of the more important things to happen during a transfer, the potential new club and the player agreeing to personal terms is relatively easy compared tot the two teams agreeing to a fee. Getting a salary out of the way is a step, but it's the buyers and sellers — Juventus and Bayern Munich, in this case — that truly need to find the deal that actually matters.
Personal terms are only a positive development to a certain extent. If Juve and Bayern can't find a deal, then there's really no use for the personal terms being agreed to.
But, if the Gazzetta is to be believed — and a good amount of the time that can be murky territory to head down — then maybe this thing is on the right track. Maybe, despite what Pep Guardiola may or may not be saying about Götze's immediate future at Bayern Munich.