Come June 30th 2018, Schalke 04 player Leon Goretzka will officially become a free agent and according to Germany team manager Oliver Bierhoff, the player will be playing for a Premier League club.
The midfielder has turned down all offers of a new contract with the Bundesliga outfit and has been linked with Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea, Juventus, as well as rivals Bayern Munich in the last few months.
Goretzka was one of Germany’s best players at the last FIFA Confederations Cup, which the World champions also won. But which Premier league club could he be joining?
My simple answer is – Arsenal
Yes, that’s right. I sincerely believe the German will be playing for the Gunners next season. Although some reports today claim he has signed for Liverpool, I do not want to believe it especially as the rumours are not coming from very reliable sources. There are just too many reasons why I believe he will be signing for Arsenal and not Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United or any of the other clubs that have been linked with his signing.
1. Sead Kolasinac
Arsenal signed Sead Kolasinac this summer on a free transfer from Schalke 04. At the same time, the powers that be must have noticed Goretzka and could use the Bosnian to help them get the German international – the two are good friends which could prove useful in their pursuit of the player.
2. Mesut Ozil
Aside from Sead Kolasinac, Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker could help the Gunners get their target ahead of all others. And should Ozil leave; which is looking more and more likely, Goretzka will know he will immediately be the direct replacement for his national team-mate. The versatility of Leon Goretzka could come into play here.
3. Wenger vs Jurgen Klopp
Judging by recent reports, it is Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal and Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool who are leading the race to sign the midfielder. But in this instance, I believe that it is Wenger that is more likely to win this battle given the Frenchman’s wealth of experience and powers of persuasion.