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Barcelona have hatched a plan to sign Schalke 04 midfielder Leon Goretzka and are set to beat Arsenal to the midfielder’s signature, according to the Daily Mail.
Goretzka has been linked with Arsenal since last season.
It was widely expected that Wenger would step up his pursuit of the midfielder in the summer but Schalke has been able to keep the midfielder suitors at arms length.
With his contract expiring at the end of the season and the midfielder looking unlikely to sign a new deal, it was thought that Arsenal’s chance to finally sign him has arrived.
But the Daily Mail are claiming, it is Barcelona who are set to secure his signature.
The Catalans made contact with Goretzka recently and have promised to offer him a huge signing-on fee to join them.
It is claimed that Barcelona are confident of signing a pre-contract agreement with the 22 year old in January when he will be free to enter into negotiations with any of his suitors.
This will come as a big blow to Arsenal who sent scouts to watch him on several occasions in the past year.
Barcelona see Goretzka as a cheaper option to Mesut Ozil who is reportedly demanding huge wages. If they sign Goretzka, it will give Arsenal a huge boost in keeping Ozil, which is what I am sure every Gooner would prefer.