Arsenal in battle to sign £32m Bundesliga midfielder

By on August 23, 2017

According to a report in the Express, Arsenal are facing a battle with Barcelona over the signing of £32m-rated Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka this summer.

Arsene Wenger is being tipped to dip back in to the transfer market during the closing stages of the window once he manages to offload some of the clubs ‘deadwood’.

A new central midfielder is understood to be on the agenda as we desperately need a top class option to compete with Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka this season.

Santi Cazorla can’t be relied upon due to his troublesome Achilles injury, Jack Wilshere’s future at the club is in serious doubt while Mohamed Elneny and Francis Coquelin aren’t good enough to start regularly for a side with title aspirations.

We’ve been linked with a number of midfielders this summer but the Express are citing a report from Transfer Market Web that claims Wenger is eyeing a move for Goretza after being impressed by his performances for club and country.

The 22-year-old is a regular in the German squad and he’s been an important player for Schalke since joining the club in 2013 but his future is now in doubt as he’s got just one year left on his contract and has refused to sign an extension.

The newspaper suggests he’s available for £32m this summer and I think that would be an excellent piece of business if we could lure the young midfielder to the Emirates before the window shuts.

However, it looks like we’re going to face some stiff competition as the Express say Barcelona have turned their attention to Goretza as they look to find a long-term replacement for Andres Iniesta.

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The report indicates that Barca’s director of football Robert Fernandez and head scout Josep Boada have already landed in Germany to hold talks with Schalke chiefs about a potential deal.

This spells bad news for Arsenal as we’re unlikely to make our interest official until we’ve offloaded a few more players and by that time Goretza could already be a Barcelona player.


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  2. Malaysian gunner

    August 24, 2017 at 3:17 am

    No matter who he signs ,Wenger wont be able to win the epl,imho.
    His predictable style is a god send for all the top teams.
    His pretty weaving pattern aint likely to make much headway as shown by the Stoke defeat.
    You don’t have to be a soccer expert to fathom how the gunners play.
    The attack is slow and bogged down by the many passes.
    The defence as usual is shambolic.
    Pool have just hit 4 goals and though Hoffenheim maybe anotch or 2 below the gunners,dont be surprised Arsenal lose and lose heavily.
    I just hope I am wrong.

  3. LG jaye.. Nigeria

    August 24, 2017 at 7:45 am

    Wenger pls leave arsenal.
    We are tired of u pls GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  4. Ssesanga faruk

    August 24, 2017 at 11:15 am

    As I always no happiness in arsenal when Mr out dated Wenger who sees and knows the teams weakness and championship quality players but still sticks on them to win the EPL yet he himself knows they are just a joke .his transfer policies and style is sh***t were just looking on until his departure I hope he goes with his 6sick babies he has made arsenal the sick man of Europe even Everton can buy bigger than arsenal can u imagine

  5. John Kelly

    August 24, 2017 at 11:33 am

    I don’t think that Lemar situation is dead as reported by Mr Wenger as it Happens he is about to join Man utd that is the latest update and Ox wants out, so to Sanchez, Ozil given new 300,000 a week contact because they got no offers typically Wenger lies again get him out now. He will wreck Arsenal as a club.

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