Goretzka set to choose Barca over Arsenal

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We may all expect to see Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez move away from Arsenal for free next summer, but as Arsene Wenger said last summer, we will be seeing more and more players running down their contracts in the future so they can get much higher wages when they actually move clubs.

Alternatively, the Gunners could cash in early and sell Ozil in January.

Arsenal are bound to be linked with a host of players in the coming weeks as the January transfer window draws nearer.

So Wenger will have to continue his search for a replacement if Ozil is to leave, and Leon Goretzka is not looking like a possible target.

The midfielder 22 is aware of Arsenal's interest while Man City and Juventus are also keen
The midfielder 22 is aware of Arsenal's interest while Man City and Juventus are also keen

Given Arsenal will not need to spend a transfer fee on Goretzka, the German is likely to command a large signing-on fee.

Barcelona legend Xavi says Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka is good enough to play for "any team in the world" and has backed him to complete a switch to the Catalan club. Signing Sven Mislintat as head of recruitment from Dortmund gives them access to other Bundesliga clubs, a distinct advantage over the likes of their Premier League rivals.

German worldwide midfielder Leon Goretzka could choose to stay at Schalke rather than leave the club in the summer, says their optimistic sporting director Christian Heidel.

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