By Dominic Toner
Tottenham are interested in signing Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka, according to a report.
Italian outlet Calcio Mercato claim that Spurs are leading the race to sign the 22-year-old, whose contract is set to expire in 2018.
It is understood that Arsenal and Juventus are also monitoring the German, but Spurs are much more interested than their north London rivals.
The report details that tough competition may come from Italian giants Juventus as they have been long-term admirers of Goretzka, and have met with the player’s agent on a couple of occasions already.
Goretzka has been a regular for Bundesliga side Schalke this season and played in 31 games across all season, including featuring in their Europa League campaign.
The central midfielder has chipped in with an impressive six goals and has been used in a more advanced role at times this season.
He has made three senior appearances for Germany so far, but has not been included in the squad over the international break and has been playing for a Schalke side that are mid-table.
Football Insider verdict:
Goretzka is a clever player in the Bundesliga that could have the potential to emulate his form in the Premier League. The midfielder has shown a knack of scoring goals from the centre of the park, something that would be a massive boost for the Spurs side. He has been involved in the Germany national set-up in the past and his potential suitors suggest he would be a good signing. The 22-year-old does have time on his side and Mauricio Pochettino has shown his desire to play young players at White Hart Lane. Spurs could do with a goal-scoring midfielder in their starting XI, with Mousa Dembele, Harry Winks and Victor Wanyama not doing that. However, Goretzka may be a bit of an unknown talent for Spurs fans and a proven Premier League performer may be the way to go.
In other Tottenham transfer news, the club’s first teamer has been placed on a summer wishlist by Manchester United.