Liverpool have an agreement in place to sign Schalke midfield goal machine Leon Goretzka in January, according to Don Balon.
The Spanish outlet claim that the Germany international, 22, has told Barcelona he does not want a move to Nou Camp, and instead wants to play in the Premier League.
Don Balon report that Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are Goretzka’s preferred destination and the green light has already been given for a deal that would cost less than £36million.
It is said that Barcelona have tabled low offers for the goalscoring midfielder but he “does not want to know” about them as he sets his sights on a winter move to Anfield.
Good move for Liverpool?
Goretzka is not just a rising star of German football, he is an established one. He has already made 128 appearances for Schalke as well as 12 for the Germany senior team, which have yielded six goals, a huge number for a central midfielder. The youngster is something of a goal machine, striking four times from 10 Schalke appearances this season, including in each of his last three Bundesliga matches. Goretzka could be a brilliant signing, a kind of souped-up version of Georginio Wijnaldum.
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Likely to happen?
Liverpool have signed a number of players from the Bundesliga under their German manager Klopp, with Joel Matip, Ragnar Klavan and imminent 2018 arrival Naby Keita all making the same journey, and the club’s concentration on this market suggests a deal is highly possible. With Goretzka also out of contract next summer, he will be available at a bargain price in January. There is intense competition for his signature, but the Klopp factor could prove key for a player who appears to have made it his mission to move to the Premier League.
This Is Futbol rating 5/10