Beşiktaş striker Mario Gomez does not want to return to Fiorentina once his loan deal is up at the end of the season.
“After two difficult years, I feel very good in Istanbul and do not want to return to Fiorentina,” the Germany international striker was quoted as saying by the Express.
Gomez joined the Black Eagles on a two-year loan and Beşiktaş have a release clause option which they can activate before the end of the league campaign according to club president Fikret Orman.
United boss Van Gaal is a keen admirer of Gomez and heaped praise on the experienced striker during a recent press conference.
“I was manager of Bayern, and there the striker was Mario Gomez, and he touched the ball nine times as an average in a game,” Van Gaal was quoted as saying by the Guardian.
Chelsea are also keeping tabs on the prolific according to the Milliyet. The Blues are reported to have sent scouts to monitor on the Germany international.
Beşiktaş president Orman has gone on the record as saying that the club will only consider offers of €20 million for the experienced striker at the end of the season despite not currently actually signing the player on a permanent deal.
“At the end of the season if any club wants Gomez they will have to offer €20m million or more I mean we are talking about a German international striker who has proven himself countless times at the highest level,” Orman was quoted as saying by Radyospor.
Gomez has had a brilliant start to the season at Beşiktaş scoring nine times already this season and was called up to the Germany national team after a long absence as a result.