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Football transfer rumours: Arsenal to sign Leon Goretzka from Schalke?

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After a busman’s holiday to Gelsenkirchen proved so fruitful in landing Sead Kolasinac in the summer, Arsène Wenger has tasked Arsenal’s new recruitment head honcho, Sven Mislintat, with wooing his former team-mate Leon Goretzka to north London. The 22-year-old Schalke midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season, meaning the Bundesliga club could cash in on their prized asset come January. Failing that, the goalscoring playmaker may be available on a free transfer a few months later. Wenger, though, will face stiff competition from Bayern Munich and Juventus for Goretzka’s signature. And the excitement stirred by a new signing would likely be short-lived, with any arrival all but guaranteeing Mesut Özil’s protracted exit from the Emirates Stadium.

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The Guardian

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