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Barcelona are reportedly ready to move for Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka in January.
Goretzka has attracted interest from a host of clubs, with Arsenal keen on completing a deal for the Germany international.
His contract with Schalke expires in the summer and the Bundesliga side have so far failed to agree an extension.
Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Manchester City are also keeping tabs on the situation with Goretzka potentially available on a free next summer.
But Barca are determined to steal a march and will make an offer in January, reports Mundo Deportivo.
Mundo Deportivo estimate that €10m (£8.8m) to €15m (£13.2m) could be enough to sign the playmaker with Schalke likely to accept bids rather than allow the midfielder to leave for nothing at the end of the season.
Schalke will not let him go on a free and could be willing to sell him in January – should the contract stalemate continue.
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