Manchester United are chasing the services of Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka with the view of signing the playmaker in the upcoming January transfer window, according to the Bild.
Goretzka has made a very good impression with Schalke for a couple of seasons now due to his fantastic performances in the Bundesliga over the past few years.
Such exploits for the Royal Blues have seen the 22-year old establish himself as a regular for the German national team and his good form has also attracted the interest of other top clubs from all over Europe, with Manchester United and Arsenal especially keen on signing the talented midfielder.
Now according to reports from the Bild, it has been claimed that while a transfer to Bayern Munich and Barcelona is preferred by Goretzka – Manchester United are believed to be pushing harder than everyone else to sign the player due to their urgent need for a new midfielder as a replacement for Michael Carrick.
Carrick is into the final year of his contract at Old Trafford and with him been relegated to the fringes of the first team this season as well as due to his advanced years, the Geordie might not be very keen to extend his stay with United beyond the end of the current campaign.
Goretzka will surely be an ideal replacement for the veteran midfielder due to his ability to spray passes from midfield and dictate the tempo of the game, much like Carrick did during his prime.
While United will surely miss Carrick’s experience, understanding of the game and influence in the dressing room, the Schalke youngster will surely prove to be a very good replacement with a view to the long-term.
That said signing Goretzka will prove to be difficult for United though, as competition is high for the signature of the midfielder and it will be interesting to see if indeed he ends up arriving at Old Trafford in the foreseeable future.