Arsenal, Manchester City Enter Race to Sign Schalke Star Leon Goretzka

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Thursday July 20th, 2017

​Schalke star Leon Goretzka has been subject to interest from a host of European clubs this summer following an impressive season, and now Arsenal and Manchester City are said to have joined the race. 

The 22-year-old Goretzka's contract at Schalke expires next year and after supposedly rejecting a new four-year deal worth £7m-a-year, a parting of ways now seems to be inevitable. 

The German international played a starring role for his country's Confederations Cup triumph this summer and as a result has attracted the likes of Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, and Liverpool.

According to German newspaper ​SportBild, Arsene Wenger has monitored Goretzka for a number of months and has been impressed by what he has seen, so much so that he wants to bring the 22-year-old to the Emirates this summer. 

Pep Guardiola is also understood to have taken a close look at the midfielder in the view of linking up with him however, Bild adds that Schalke are holding firm on their stance that Goretzka is not for sale - for any price. 

The club's sports director told Bild: "We do not need to call anyone because of Leon Goretzka. We will definitely not give him away."

With Goretzka showing signs that he could be a world beater, further suggestions are that the 22-year-old's next destination is likely to be Bayern Munich as he is said to have an agreement with the club for the 2018/19 season - as the German giants will continue to poach the best youngsters from across the world.

The midfielder has nine international caps for Germany and joined Schalke in 2013 from Bochum, and has since made 116 appearances for the club - scoring 14 goals.

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