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Arsenal close to Leon Goretzka deal?

Arsenal close to Leon Goretzka deal?
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Arsenal apparently move ahead of their competition in the race to sign Leon Goretzka from Schalke 04.

Arsenal have apparently moved ahead of their competition in the race to sign Leon Goretzka from Schalke 04.

The 22-year-old is understood to be Arsene Wenger's top midfield target, but has also attracted interest from clubs including both Manchester sides, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.

However, according to The Sun, the Gunners have moved ahead of the pack as they look to preempt the potential departures of out-of-contract players Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.

Goretzka, who joined Schalke in 2013, sees his current contract come to an end this summer, although the German outfit are reported to be keen on retaining his services with a club-record deal.

Earlier this week, the player said that he would make a "final decision" on his future in January, having scored six goals in 12 Bundesliga appearances so far this season.

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1Manchester CityMan City86202131820
2Chelsea86201851320
3Liverpool86201531220
4Arsenal86021910918
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs8602157818
6Bournemouth85121612416
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves843196315
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd84131314-113
9Watford84131112-113
10Leicester CityLeicester84041412212
11Everton83321312112
12Burnley82241012-28
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton8224913-48
14Crystal Palace821559-47
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham8215813-57
16Southampton8125614-85
17Fulham8125921-125
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield8035417-133
19Newcastle UnitedNewcastle8026613-72
20Cardiff CityCardiff8026417-132

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