Arsenal Banter brings you latest update on Arsenal news from top media sites like Daily Mail, Metro, The Express, The Independent, The Telegraph, SkySports and so on.
According to reports in Germany via TeamTalk, Arsenal are set to make an official offer for Schalke midfielder Leon Goretza by submitting a bid of £21m.
Arsene Wenger will be very busy in the summer as he looks to extend the contract of some key players and sign a world class striker to turn the squad into genuine title contenders again so signing a new midfielder should not be a priority for him.
However, it looks like the Gunners boss still wants to bolster his midfield as TeamTalk claim he his ready to step uphis interest in Goretzka. The report further stated that Arsenal have made the 22-year-old a key transfer target and hoping to beat the likes of Tottenham and Juventus to land his signature.
It remains to be seen whether Schalke would be willing to negotiate business at that price but manager Christian Heidel has publicly insisted that the player is not for sale this summer.
Heidel is quoted as saying by TeamTalk:
“Leon won’t be allowed to change clubs this summer. He will remain at Schalke beyond this summer.”
Goretzka has been with Schalke since signed for the club in 2013 and is now considered one of the best box-to-box midfielders in the Bundesliga while he’s also earned a call-up to the German national team squad.
He’s more similar to Aaron Ramsey so it looks like Wenger is looking for more competition for Rambo in the central park unless he sees our Welsh superstar moving further up the pitch.