Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are ready to take their rivalry to the transfer market in pursuit of this top-class midfielder.
The Daily Mirror states Arsenal have joined their North London rivals in the hunt for Schalke ace Leon Goretzka, who looks increasingly likely to move away from the Bundesliga side this summer as his contract discussions have hit a dead-end.
22-year-old Goretzka, already a full international with Germany, has earned a stellar reputation in Europe for his fine performances, including in the Champions League, and Arsenal consider him to be a bargain option this summer as they brace themselves for the potential losses of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere.
Spurs, meanwhile, have become a haven for young talent and Goretzka’s arrival would see him join the likes of Dele Alli and Harry Keane, with Mauricio Pochettino creating a youthful side capable of launching an assault for Premier League glory.
Will a deal go ahead?
Goretzka’s current deal with Schalke enters it’s final 12 months this summer and the youngster has refused to put pen to paper on a new deal, which is understandable considering the club currently sit ninth in the Bundesliga and are braced for a spell away from European football.
The rise of Hoffenheim and RB Leipzeig this season has given Schalke more rivals in the battle for European spots in the Bundesliga and they already have to deal with the likes of Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Borussia Monchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen.
There is a real threat that Schalke’s woes this season won’t be a short-term problem and the club are bracing themselves for bids this summer as their top players attract interest from elsewhere- and Goretzka is one of a few who could be on the move.
How much will he cost?
With all the inflation in the transfer market, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur could land themselves a real bargain in Goretzka as it’s stated a deal could be available for as little as £20m– which is a sensationally low price for a player of his calibre.
That fee wouldn’t be an issue for either North London side to match and both clubs could offer a higher sum if a bidding war was to emerge. However, Bundesliga players regularly move to other German sides so the Premier League pair must be prepared for interest to potentially rise elsewhere.
The most crucial factor in a deal could well be first-team opportunities, as Goretzka will be keen to earn a spot in Joachim Lowe’s World Cup squad next summer, where his nation will look to defend the title they won in Brazil three-years ago.