No1 critic: Paul Scholes laid into Van Gaal after the team's 1-0 win over Sheffield United

By Dominic Toner

Tottenham are interested in a move for Schalke’s midfield maestro Leon Goretzka, according to a report.

Italian outlet Calcio Mercato claim that Spurs are leading the race to sign the 22-year-old, who is also a target for Arsenal and Juventus.

The Times report that Goretzka is a fantastic long-range passer and has been referred to as the German Paul Scholes.

The midfielder’s comparison to Scholes is a huge tag, with the Englishman regarded as one of the best players during the Premier League era.

He spent his entire career for Manchester United and was renowned for dictating matches in the centre of the park.

Scholes is also United’s third highest appearance maker with 718 and he scored a fantastic 155 goals in return.

Meanwhile, Goretzka is at an early stage of his career and has managed to cement a starting position this season.

The central midfielder has played 31 times across all competitions this campaign for Schalke and contributed with six goals in return.

He has made three senior appearances for World Champions Germany before and is regarded as an exciting player in the Bundesliga.

Spurs would be more than happy if Goretzka turned out to be half the player Scholes was and a comparison to a Premier League great is surely a huge positive.

In other Tottenham transfer news, the club are prepared to listen to offer for their first teamer after a contract dispute.

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