The transfer of Bayern Munich and Germany striker Mario Gomez to Fiorentina has hit a considerable stumbling block with the Serie A side struggling to meet the Bavarians’ valuation of the 28-year-old.
Gomez cost Bayern almost €35 million when he joined from Stuttgart in 2009 and the Bundesliga champions are keen to recoup at least half of that by selling the Germany international this summer.
However, Fiorentina are struggling to afford such a princely sum without selling players themselves, even if their director of sport Daniele Prade insists they do not need to sell Stevan Jovetic to raise funds for signing Gomez.
"Just to clear up any doubt: Mario Gomez is a player we are very interested in, but at the moment, the conditions do not exist for us to reach a deal with Bayern Munich," he said. “There is this financial fair play which the club want to respect. But the arrival of new players is not dependent on us selling others. If there is a bargain out there, then we have got to seize it."
At an estimated €18 million, Gomez may not represent such a bargain buy in terms of the initial outlay, but his record of 75 goals in 115 appearances for Bayern Munich speaks volumes about his goal-scoring ability.
Fiorentina are currently trying to convince Bayern to lower their asking price and Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge believes the Viola are struggling to finance a deal due to the financial climate in Italy. "You do get the feeling that Italian football is not in the best of shape right now, financially speaking," he told Germany’s Sport1 television.
He still believes Gomez’s future lies away from Munich, though, saying: "I can understand if Mario says he would like to be playing all the time and not just now and again."
Gomez featured in just 21 Bundesliga games last season as he struggled to dislodge Mario Mandzukic after missing the first few months of the season due to injury. He still scored 11 goals, though, adding a further six in the domestic cup and two in the Champions League.