FC Schalke 04 will be bracing themselves for a transfer frenzy during the run-up to the January transfer window, as Leon Goretzka's flourishing qualities got him noticed on a number of European giants' radars. FC Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and Manchester United were initially touted as the front-runners for his highly sought-after signature. Nevertheless, although according to German outlet Bild, Arsenal and Liverpool are now also involved in the mix of superpowers, as they too search to find a long-term midfield dynamo to credit to their ranks.

Bayern, in particular, are keen to keep his talents within German borders, although it's apparent that a number of foreign clubs are also preparing to lodge their interest.

This means that the versatile midfielder can pick and choose his options according to the best offer tabled, with outfits from English shores being predominant as ever.


With Mesut Ozil still yet to finalise his future at the Arsenal with less than a year left on his current deal, the Gunners are said to be drawing up contingency plans as the 28-year-old fellow German international is also free to leave at no cost once his contract expires at the Emirates. Goretzka is adaptable in the centre of the park, and though his defensive qualities are astute, offensively he is just as effective and has been pinpointed as a potential candidate to replace the former Galacticos star as the north Londoners' number 10.

Arsene Wenger is a manager who believes in creating strong bonds within the squad. Goretzka would certainly feel at home if he was to make the jump to England, as international colleagues Per Mertesacker and Shkodran Mustafi are both trusted figures within 'Le Prof's' set-up. This means that the transition could be seamlessly smooth, even if Ozil was to head for the exit door.


During the summer, it's alleged that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp met with Goretzka to talk about a potential move to the Reds before deadline day, however, a deal simply never materialised. Klopp, as it is known, is a charismatic German leader who prides himself on getting the best out of his players. Being a compatriot, Goretzka could finally be swayed towards Merseyside after all, with that factor in mind, and with Emre Can also being a regular in the heart of Liverpool's midfield, the opportunity to bond with Can at club level could benefit 'Die Mannschaft' directly regarding their respective midfield department - a winning scenario on every professional front indeed.


Goretzka netted a free-kick on the September 29th for Schalke in their 1-1 draw with Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga, and Barca's chief international scout Ariedo Braida was in attendance to witness his defining moment of class. But when asked about the developing playmaker in relation to the Catalan outfit's supposed interest, Braida said - via Sport report - "Without a doubt, he is a great player. But it is too soon for Barcelona." - The ball is in your court, Premier League clubs.