Beşiktaş President declared the value of Mario Gomez: "20m or more"
Manchester United will have to offer 20 million or more if they want to sign striker Mario Gomez, Beşiktaş president Fikret Orman has stated.
Gomez, 30, is currently on loan at Beşiktaş from Serie A side Fiorentina, although the Turkish club have a deal in place to make the move permanent at the end of the season.
Gomezs impressive start to the season, that has brought eight goals in 11 appearances to help Beşiktaş to the top of the Süper Lig, makes a permanent move all but assured.
However, reports have claimed Premier League club United are interested in the Germany international as manager Louis van Gaal looks to recruit a reliable goal-scorer to fix his teams profligacy.
And Orman has warned United and any other interested club that Gomez will not be allowed to leave on the cheap.
At the end of the season if any club wants Gomez they will have to offer 20 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.
Recent praise from Van Gaal of Gomez led to the initial speculation linking United with the striker.
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 said in an interview with the Guardian.
The highest was 14 balls but he scored every game and I dont think that our strikers touch the ball less. Its how the balls are coming to him, how he decides, how quick he is in dealing with the situation, its much more complicated than everyone is thinking.
However, the president of the Black Eagles has warned off any potential suitors with a hefty fee, despite the fact Gomez currently remains a Fiorentina player with Beşiktaş yet to exercise their right to make the loan permanent.
At the end of the season whoever wants to sign Gomez will have to pay 20 million or more, Orman told Turkish radio Radyospor.
We are talking of a German national who has already proved his worth many times at the highest level.
Premier League side Manchester United are just one of the teams to have been linked with Gomez in recent weeks, though Orman said no clubs have approached as of yet.
We havent received any bids for him yet, he added.
Gomez was recently recalled to the German national team after impressing with the Turkish side, having scored nine goals in all competitions.