According to German publication Sport Bild, Arsenal could be set to make a summer move for Schalke’s highly rated German international midfielder Goretzka. However, they could face stiff competition for the 22-year-old from Bavarian giants Bayern Munich for the midfielder’s signature.
The young midfielder is gaining a big reputation in European football. Schalke are unwilling to sell the midfielder, despite his contract expiring next summer.
The German club did the same with Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac and the defender joined the Gunners on a free transfer this summer. It seems they are prepared to lose another player for nothing next summer and miss out on a significant transfer fee.
Schalke are reported to have offered Goretzka a new contract of around €8m per-year, while its believed that he is looking for closer to €10 per year, which he would no doubt get at both Arsenal and Bayern.
Arsenal still linked with other targets
Goretzka is another player being linked with a move to the Emirates this summer. The likes of Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez and Monaco’s Thomas Lemar were seemingly the Gunners main targets.
However, Monaco are reluctant to sell Lemar and have reportedly put a hefty price on the winger. Meanwhile, it seems the Gunners interest in Algerian international Mahrez has now cooled.
Goretzka may just emerge as an alternative to the pair, although the German international plays in a different position to the wingers.
Wenger a fan of the talented youngster
Arsene Wenger is reported to be a big fan of Goretzka and is believed to have sent scouts to watch the midfielder in action in the past. Goretzka is no doubt an up and coming young star and his performances in the Confederations Cup will have raised his profile.
The youngster produced some performances full of power and dynamism, two qualities Arsenal’s midfield have been accused of lacking in recent seasons.
Still time for Arsenal to sign players
Whether anything comes of this story remains to be seen. However, Arsenal still have plenty of time to strengthen their squad ahead of their season opener against Leicester on 11th August, a game they are odds of 4/11 to win.
Arsenal will no doubt be heavily linked with a number of players before the transfer window shuts. However, Arsene Wenger stated at the start of the summer that the Gunners would not be making wholesale changes to the squad, so maybe the club from north London will keep the chequebook in their pocket for the rest of the summer.
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