Schalke Confirm Leon Goretzka Will Join Bayern Munich in the Summer

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistJanuary 19, 2018

BENIDORM, SPAIN - JANUARY 04: Leon Goretzka of Schalke looks on during the FC Schalke 04 training camp at Hotel Melia Villaitana on January 04, 2018 in Benidorm, Spain. (Photo by TF-Images/TF-Images via Getty Images)
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Schalke 04 sporting director Christian Heidel on Friday announced midfielder Leon Goretzka will join Bayern Munich on a free transfer when his contract expires at the Veltins-Arena in the summer.

Heidel revealed the news via Schalke's official Twitter account:

He added Goretzka, 22, has completed a medical with the German champions and signed a contract, as Schalke's Twitter account relayed:

"We were very sorry to hear this. [Bayern CEO] 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 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."

The Germany international has long been linked with Bayern, but Metro's Coral Barry also reported Goretzka was a target for Arsenal, Barcelona, Manchester United and Liverpool.

It is little surprise, especially given his contract situation, that a number of Europe's top clubs were pursuing him, as he is a high-quality player.

An accomplished box-to-box midfielder, Goretzka boasts a composure and authority that belies his relative youth.

Per Squawka, he contributes in defence and attack and should be a fine addition to an impressive Bayern squad:

It is a big blow for Schalke that he has opted to depart, especially as they will receive no fee for him.

Goretzka joined the club from VfL Bochum for between €3 million and 4 million in 2013 and has made 101 appearances for Schalke in the Bundesliga.

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