According to a Sky Sports News reporter in Germany, Leon Goretzka’s agent Jörg Neubauer was spotted in Munich on Thursday.
He is believed to have spent 90 minutes at Bayern’s headquarters at Säbener Strasse before leaving – though it is still unclear as to whether he was there discussing Goretzka’s availability, or that of another client.
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Neubauer represents players including PSG goalkeeper Kevin Trapp, Mönchengladbach’s midfielder Ibrahima Traoré and Hamburg’s René Adler amongst others. As a result, it’s possible that he was there in representation of Adler, with reports about second-choice goalkeeper Sven Ulreich’s future at the club still uncertain.
However, this news comes a day after it emerged that they have reportedly struck a deal with Hoffenheim for Serge Gnabry, possibly highlighting more rules that have been broken under-the-radar to gain an advantage over their domestic rivals. Goretzka, 22, has been called up for Germany’s Confederations Cup squad next month and Arsenal have been continually linked with an approach for his services in recent months.
Schalke’s general manager Christian Heidel already addressed speculation linking him with a Bayern move.
As quoted by Goal he said, “I realise it is inevitable that Leon Goretzka will probably, at some stage, move to a club at a higher sporting level than Schalke. But for a young player like Leon, it’s definitely a question of when. If I judge him correctly, he would have said something to me if he had already made his decision to join another club.”
If he were to stay in Germany, there’s likely to be only one side that he’d join and unsurprisingly that’s the reigning Bundesliga champions.
If Bayern produce an offer that Schalke simply cannot refuse then who knows…