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Manchester City Join Race For Highly Rated German Midfielder: Smart Choice By Pep Guardiola?

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Anas Molla
An ageing teenager who apparently still likes Twenty One Pilots and HIMYM. Also fascinated by Greek and Egyptian mythology and history. Still waiting for my man Milos Raonic to win a Grand Slam.

Manchester City are looking to land the highly unsettled Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka next summer. The 22-year-old midfielder is one of the most highly sought-after players in European football at the moment and the Citizens, have reportedly joined the race, which already includes top-six rivals such as Liverpool and Arsenal.

Goretzka’s current contract with Schalke expires at the end of this season and the youngster has been reluctant to extend his contract at the Veltins Arena, despite the Royal Blues, reportedly offering him a contract which could have made him the most expensive player in the club’s history.

This clearly suggests the fact that the German International is finally ready to make the next huge step in his career, which could potentially be the most important one for him as well.

Manchester City could set a perfect platform for Goretzka to shine at. The Sky Blues have done incredibly well this season under Pep Guardiola, dropping just two points in 13 games so far this season. The Catalan manager has finally settled himself in English football, as it seems and his finely tuned machine in Manchester City are all set to blow away their oppositions in the coming years.

Despite their impressive start to the season, however, the Citizens still have a few holes in their squad, which needs repairing.

Fernandinho has been a very good servant for the Manchester giants since he joined the club back in 2013. The Brazilian has established himself as the number one holding midfielder for Manchester City, dethroning the legendary Yaya Toure, in the process.

However, at the age of 32, Pep Guardiola will definitely want a proper long-term replacement for the former Shakhtar midfielder and that’s where Leon Goretzka comes into the fray.

The Schalke midfield sensation is an absolute architect at the centre of the pitch. Despite being just 22, Goretzka’s level of tactical understanding and maturity is well beyond his years. Leon Goretzka is often the scourge of many midfielders, largely thanks to his intimidating presence in the middle third.

Not only he can provide some solid cover for the backline, but the 22-year-old also has the ability to provide that verve going forward. The Schalke super-talent also has terrific ball carrying ability as well as a brilliant passing range, both of which suits it very well under the playing philosophy of the ex-Catalan gaffer.

Made no mistake, the 22-year-old German midfielder is destined to be one of the most highly rated midfielders in the coming years and acquiring his services next season should be an utmost priority for the Premier League leaders next season!

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