Franz Beckenbauer has likened Borussia Dortmund star Mario Gotze to Barcelona ace Lionel Messi.

Arsenal and Manchester United are among clubs being linked with the Germany international.

Beckenbauer said: "There are some players who are just about impossible to stop, and Mario is one. I love the way he plays from sheer instinct, just like Lionel Messi. He has the same talent, same technique and same feel for the game."