Barcelona join the hunt for Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka
Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka has emerged as a surprise target for Barcelona in the summer transfer window.
According to the football transfer rumours in Spanish Media (Barca Blaugranes), Barcelona join the hunt for Schalke 04 midfielder Leon Goretzka.
The Germany international was signed by Schalke 04 in July 2013 from VfL Bochum for a fee of 3.25 million euros. The 22-year-old has a valid contract with Schalke 04 until June 2018.
Goretzka has played 118 times for Schalke 04 since signing from VfL Bochum, scoring 15 goals and creating 12 assists in that time.
The Germany international has been in outstanding form for Schalke 04 last season.
Leon Goretzka has represented Germany at Under-16, Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 level, winning 35 caps and scoring 9 goals, before making his senior international debut in May 2014. As a member of Germany national football team, Leon Goretzka has won nine caps and has scored three goals.
The midfielder has just 12 months remaining on his contract and Schalke 04 may consider a deal in this transfer window to avoid losing him for nothing next summer.
Adding a midfielder remains Barcelona’s top priority this summer and Ernesto Valverde will have drafted a shortlist of a number of possible targets he could approach in the coming weeks.
Ernesto Valverde has always been a manager who keeps his eyes on the most talented young players across the globe.
The Germany international is thought to perfectly fit the profile of midfield player Ernesto Valverde wants to target in the summer transfer window.
Barcelona are in the market for just a handful of statement signings this summer who can improve the first-team.
Arsenal and Bayern Munich have reportedly registered an interest in his services and have enquired over his availability. It’s now down to the manager and the board to decide his future.
How strong that interest is and whether Barcelona will make a summer move remains to be seen but it is certainly one worth keeping an eye on.