Report: Barcelona contact Leon Goretzka agent with view to January deal

Barcelona reportedly get in touch with Jorg Neubauer, the agent of Schalke 04 midfielder Leon Goretzka, in a bid to seal a January move for the Germany international.

Barcelona have reportedly contacted the agent of Schalke 04 midfielder Leon Goretzka in a bid to steal a march on their transfer rivals.

The 22-year-old remained at the Veltins-Arena in the summer, despite being linked with a number of high-profile clubs around Europe.

However, Goretzka's contract runs out at the end of the season, and an extension has not been agreed, which has prompted several suitors to show interest in the player once again.

Bayern Munich, Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City are believed to be keeping tabs on the situation, with Goretzka potentially available on a free next summer.

According to Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, however, Barca have already spoken to the player's agent Jorg Neubauer as they prepare to launch a bid in the New Year.

The report goes on to claim that the Blaugrana are hopeful of snapping up Goretzka for a cut-price fee of around £15m.

Ernesto Valverde's side made five signings during the summer in the form of Paulinho, Nelson Semedo, Gerard Deulofeu, Ousmane Dembele and Marlon Santos, while Neymar left for Paris Saint-Germain.

Schalke's midfielder Leon Goretzka (L) and Bayern Munich's Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso vie for the ball during the German first division Bundesliga football match FC Schalke 04 vs FC Bayern Munich in Gelsenkirchen, western Germany, on November 21, 2015
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