Barcelona could beat Arsenal to the signing of Leon Goretzka by offering him a bigger signing-on fee.
Goretzka is out of contract in the summer, and has been linked with several top clubs, including Arsenal.
They report that Barcelona see him as a much cheaper alternative to Mesut Ozil, whose wage demands have been deemed excessive.
After months of speculation about his future, Goretzka told German magazine Kicker that he intends to make a decision in January. With six months remaining on his deal, he would be free to reach an agreement with other clubs ahead of a summer move.
Schalke have tried to tie him down to a lucrative new deal, but don’t appear to be having much luck. If the choice is between Barcelona and Arsenal, you imagine Goretzka would opt to go to Spain.
He might get more first-team football at Arsenal, but the chance to join Barcelona doesn’t come around often. Nonetheless, we hope to see Arsenal at least try to convince him to join, because I believe he could really add something to the squad.