The former Barcelona coach was keen to recruit the 21-year-old Brazilian, who is now poised to complete a 28 million euro move to Camp Nou, but the newly-crowned European champion club felt Gotze was a safer option given the team's previous record with signing Selecao starlets.
"Guardiola had certain ideas to bring in a young Brazilian player [Neymar]," Hoeness said while speaking at an IDG Communications Media AG gathering. "But we have had a number of bad experiences with young Brazilians in the past. If you consider signing someone who costs 20-30 million euros or even more, it is a difficult decision. We all know what happened with Breno...
"So we started looking for a similar player and eventually signed Mario Gotze."
The 20-year-old Gotze will leave Dortmund for Bayern for 37 million euros this summer after agreeing the terms for a transfer earlier in May.
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