Arsenal in pole position to sign German international on a Bosman

We may all expect to see Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez move away from Arsenal for free next summer, but as Arsene Wenger said last summer, we will be seeing more and more players running down their contracts in the future so they can get much higher wages when they actually move clubs.

One of the biggest names that will be on the market in June is the versatile German midfielder Leon Goretzka, who is currently at Schalke in the Bundesliga. According to the latest rumours the 22 year-old will be in much demand from some of the biggest clubs in Europe but the Gunners are all prepared to go all out for him, with talks to begin in January when he can legally talk to clubs outside of Germany.

Arsenal sent scouts to watch Goretzka at the Confederations Cup last summer, where he helped Germany to a winners trophy and amazingly he has scored 6 goals from midfield in his 12 appearances for his country. One of the main reasons why Arsenal are expected to win the battle for his signature (other than the wages on offer) is that Goretzka would be reunited with Saed Kolasinac, who was playing alongside him at Schalke before the Bosnian international moved to Arsenal on a free last summer, and the fact that his international team-mate Shkrodan Mustafi is also in the starting line-up for the Gunners. Kolasinac recently posted a pic on instagram of him and Goretzka together, which will definitely have hinted that their freindship was a close one.

Arssene Wenger may redeem himself for letting Ozil and Alexis move for free if he can secure another couple of top stars from Bosman transfers himself, like he did with Kolasinac last summer.

Personally I think he would be an excellent addition to the Arsenal squad.

What do you think?


  1. Mobella says:

    How possible is it to send a scout to watch an established international. I thought you only scout a upcoming players and not the ones you can seat in front of a tele and watch all day.

    1. McLovin says:

      Well you have to think about if they really are fit for the Premier League. There are numerous international players, even world class, but who don’t cut it in the Premier League.

      And also, you need to scout if that player really fits in the team.

      And Goretzka would improve us. He’s a tackling, intercepting midfielder who has a creative side as well.

      Kind of like a tall, strong Cazorla who can tackle. He would be a huge upgrade on Xhaka.

      1. John Ibrahim says:

        Exactly not every quality international players suit the league









        and many more…..they all struggled

        1. Lance says:

          Torres did not struggle. Based on his goal scoring performances, he moved from Liverpool to Chelsea for £50m.

    2. jon fox says:

      Have you ever tried watching a player for 90 minutes in front of a tele? I suggest you try it and time it for how many minutes that certain player is visible (and closely so) on your screen. A scout can sit there watching just the player , if he chooses, and with binoculars on. I reckon Walcott and Xhaka must have been bought off the tele , in that case, along with most of the trash advertised in commercials! But, joshing aside, it is a serious point. PS I wonder why stairlifts are never advertised at half time in matches. If you know, answers on a postcard please and send to Paddy Power!

  2. Badenglish says:

    i think he goes to Liverpool

    1. John Ibrahim says:

      likely destination too…

      They have a german manager that love to hug his players

      1. Kenny Rolfe says:

        With all respect, with £100,000 a week to spend where would you want to be Liverpool or London

      2. jon fox says:

        In reality land pro footballers, indeed ANYONE other than one’s dear , sweet natured granny, prefers money and lots of it, plus life in a vibrant and exciting world capital, to a bearhug from a bearded compatriot manager, charismatic though he undoubtedly is. You do have a general point though, IF you are saying certain managers attract certain players more than certain others. But irrespective of Wenger versus Klopp, London usually trumps Liverpool for foreign players moving to England. And we do pay more than Liverpool, overall. To turn Arsenal down would make it an expensive hug, wouldn’t you say!

  3. gotanidea says:

    The Germans in Arsenal would be one of the attractive factors, but I think Arsenal could only get him if they offer him big salary, like what they did to get Kolasinac. If Goretzka joins, Arsenal would only be stronger with many German speaking players playing together (Kolasinac, Mustafi, Xhaka, Ozil, Goretzka).

    The transfer window after the World Cup would be interesting, but I’m afraid Arsenal would have penny-pinching transfer policy again. Previously they just signed Lacazette and Kolasinac, even tough the team needs more high quality additions, because they could not get rid of the fringe players quicker.

  4. McLovin says:

    JM Gimenez

    That’s a goalkeeper, LB, CB and a CM FOR FREE. So many freebies next summer that Wenger’s going to have a field day!

    1. John Ibrahim says:

      why pay if we can get quality signing for free?

      We could have gotten Mbappe, Kante, Lemar, Dembele and etc….for free or very low price

      But we could not

  5. chiza says:

    We need him… Full stop!

  6. Brume says:

    Emre Can

    All freebies….

  7. Told you so says:

    He is the new Michael Ballack
    He’s going to Bayern
    …don’t bet against that

    Bayern are renovating
    Will get rid of Vidal
    Sign Brandt / Draxler

    And Goretzka

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