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According to the Express, Arsenal are in pole position in signing Leon Goretzka but could face though completion from Manchester City as Pep Guardiola is reportedly interested in the versatile star.
Man City are just the latest in a long list of clubs ready to sign the 22-year-old, with others including Bayern Munich, Juventus, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea.
However, Bundesliga giants are likely to sell in January, rather than lose Goretzka in the summer for nothing when his contract expires.
Liverpool had been rumoured to be in the driving seat, and they see Goretzka as the ideal replacement for their own contract rebel Emre Can, who could be Juventus bound.
The playmaker already has 12 caps for Germany at the tender age of 22.
His stock rose dramatically over the summer when he helped his country win the Confederations Cup, while two goals in eight games for Schalke this season have also boosted his growing reputation.
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