Bayern Munich have won the race to sign Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka, ahead of Liverpool and Barcelona, according to a report.
MARCA claims that Goretzka, 22, will make his move to the Allianz Arena official on June 30 when his contract at Schalke ends.
It is understood that the in-demand Germany international has rejected other proposals that came his way.
The Spanish news outlet adds that Barcelona “tested the waters” to sign the ex-Bochum enforcer, but they were informed of his desire to move to Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.
Goretzka is one of the more highly-rated midfield talents in Europe for his ability both on and off the ball.
The midfield enforcer, who can also play in an attacking or defensive role, has made 12 appearances across all competitions this season, scoring four goals in the process.
Football Insider verdict
Goretzka would have been a brilliant signing for Liverpool or for any other team in the Premier League for that matter. However they already have one top midfielder lined up to move to Anfield in the summer with Naby Keita from RB Leipzig. Jurgen Klopp appears to be realising that he needs to add more defensive steel to his side, especially with Emre Can’s contract up in the air. Goretzka is a similar player to Can but can perhaps do a defensive job slightly better. He’ll be a really good signing for Bayern and will be expected to win many trophies in Bavaria.