Liverpool have lost out in the race to sign the highly-rated Leon Goretzka as the German has chosen Bayern Munich as his next club.
Although Naby Keita is joining Liverpool in the summer, there is every chance that Emre Can could leave the club and so Jurgen Klopp has been scouring the market for a player to replace the 24-year-old and the midfielder best suited to do so will join Bayern Munich on the 1st of July 2018.
Goretzka has just over five months remaining on his current contract with Schalke and has agreed a pre-contract deal with the Bayern to join them when his deal Die Knappen expires.
It’s a blow for the Reds if Emre Can leaves the club in the summer but there is still time to get the German to agree to a new contract to keep him at the club, which would put Liverpool in a very strong position in terms of midfielders.
As the Liverpool ECHO reports, Schalke have confirmed their disappointment at have to let Leon Goretzka leave at the end of the season, with sporting director Christian Heidel talking to the press today about the matter.
Heidel said: “Leon Goretzka informed us earlier this week that he wishes to leave the club and join Bayern.
“We were very sorry to hear this. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told us yesterday that Leon has completed a medical. We are losing a very, very good player.
“He has signed a contract with Bayern from the 1st July 2018. We did everything we could to try and keep him. In [the] summer, he and his agent reached an agreement, but he wanted time to develop. We can cope with this situation, it wasn’t a complete surprise. We are prepared for this.”
Neli Jones writes for the ECHO: “Liverpool had been in contact with Goretzka’s representatives about the prospect of luring him to Anfield. However, the Reds were given little encouragement, with the feeling being that his heart was always set on Bayern.”
There are still plenty top-class midfielders out there that Jurgen Klopp can target with Lazio’s €100m rated Sergej Milinković-Savić an option although his price tag makes him slightly unrealistic given that the Reds are ready to splurge on a goalkeeper in the summer.