Liverpool are considering trying to lure Schalke’s Leon Goretzka at the end of the season, should the Bundesliga side miss out on European football.
His club are currently six points off sixth spot, having endured a difficult campaign.
We snared Joel Matip from their grasp last summer and could do the same with the 22-year-old, although this time we’d have to pay a transfer fee.
Sport Witness have translated the reports emerging from Germany linking us to Goretzka, with publications such as SportBild and Kicker getting in on the action.
His contract runs out in 2018, so unless he renews, Schalke will be in a position where they’ll need to consider selling before his transfer value runs out.
In terms of a scout report, Peter Neururer, who managed Goretzka at Vfl Bochum, has delivered a glowing one.
“The boy is on the way to absolute world class. I’m sure Leon Goretzka will be a big name in German football and a solid figure in the national team,” he said.
“It will be hard for Schalke to keep Goretzka. Because the boy has to play internationally (in Europe) on a permanent basis in order to develop and to keep his chances in the national team.”
Goretzka plays as a central midfielder and would fit in Liverpool’s XI in one of the box-to-box roles either side of Jordan Henderson. In the past, he’s played as a no.10, but doesn’t offer enough end product from this position.
In terms of attributes, he’s very dangerous from range and prides himself on winning the ball in the middle of the park, before playing it simply.
He’s a good player, but we’d prefer Naby Keita, who’s been linked via Goal.