Manchester United have reportedly made their move for Bayern Munich midfielder Leon Goretzka, with the German giants now set for talks with their prized asset.
According to SportBILD’s head of football Christian Falk, the Red Devils have offered the 26-year-old a more lucrative contract offer than his current club, although negotiations with the Bundesliga champions will now take place.
He tweeted: “Update Goretzka: @ManUtd offer @leongoretzka_ a higher salary than @FCBayern. The next round of negotiations with Bayern will follow”.
Goretzka’s current deal is set to expire in the summer of 2022, so he could leave Bayern on a free transfer in just 12 months’ time.
News that United’s hierarchy have made a formal approach for Goretzka will surely have the club’s supporters buzzing with excitement.
His powerful and energetic performances have caught the eye of several onlookers since his arrival at the Allianz Arena three years ago, including new Bayern boss Julian Nagelsmann, who said: “Leon is one of the best box-to-box players in Europe. He has incredible goal threat and knows when to bomb forward.”
Goretzka’s domineering displays and impressive trophy haul of three Bundesliga titles, one Champions League crown and two DFB-Pokals have seen his stock rise exponentially in recent years, and United may view him as the perfect replacement for Paul Pogba.
The France international has been heavily linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain in recent days, leaving United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to search for a potential replacement.
In Goretzka, the Norwegian would be signing a readymade heir for Pogba, and one who has proven himself to be a top-class operator and natural winner at the highest level.
Fans of the 20-time English champions will surely be urging the club’s chiefs to get this deal over the line irrespective of Pogba’s future, adding another quality addition to Solskjaer’s ranks as United plot their way back to the summit of English football.