Borussia Dortmund not ruling out re-signing Bayern Munich's Mario Gotze
Borussia Dortmund remain coy about the return of Mario Gotze amid reports in German media that the Bayern Munich midfielder is set to return to his former club this summer.
Gotze, 24, joined Bayern from Dortmund three years ago after the Bavarians activated a €37 million release clause in the Germany international's contract.
Once hailed as one of the most promising talents in world football, Gotze has often struggled to make an impact at the Allianz Arena, and struggled for game time for much of last season in a campaign disrupted by injuries.
Although Gotze has entered the final year of his contract, German newspaper Bild reports that Bayern have not opened any talks over a new deal, but instead made it clear to the attacking midfielder that his future is not at the Allianz Arena.
Gotze vowed to fight for his place on the Bayern team under new boss Carlo Ancelotti before heading off to Euro 2016, where he lost his place in Joachim Low's starting XI after the group stage.
Bild reported on Friday that Dortmund have agreed personal terms with the player who helped them win back-to-back Bundesliga titles in 2011 and 2012 under Jurgen Klopp, who had been strongly linked with bringing his former player to current club Liverpool.
Dortmund were reportedly willing to pay €23m, €4m below Bayern's own valuation, but later on Friday Bild reported that the two club's had reached an agreement.
When asked if the deal is nearing its completion, Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke told Bild: "I don't want to confirm it. I don't want to say more about it."
Gotze is currently on holiday in California, on a break with Germany teammate Andre Schurrle and their respective partners. Wolfsburg forward Schurrle has also strongly been linked with BVB in recent weeks.
Stephan Uersfeld is the Germany correspondent for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @uersfeld.