Manchester City have entered into the battle to sign highly-rated Schalke 04 midfielder, Leon Goretzka.

The Germany international’s contract expires at the end of the season and has been the subject of interest from Bayern Munich, Liverpool, Juventus, and Arsenal.

Sunday Mirror journalist Simon Mullock believes City have now entered into the race for his signature as Yaya Toure edges towards the exit at the Etihad Stadium.

Schalke are likely to want to cash in on Goretzka this January with the chances of him renewing his contract becoming less improbable every week.

The decision by the Bundesliga side could prompt City into discussions in the hope of securing his signature ahead of the chasing pack.

Friendship with German international team-mates Ilkay Gundogan and Leroy Sané could prove decisive in City’s pursuit, but the Blues face stern competition from Liverpool as Jurgen Klopp remains in regular contact with the 22-year-old.

Yaya Toure’s expected departure from the Etihad Stadium this summer is going to force City to replace the Ivorian, and many at City believe the midfielder is capable of playing in a defensive role and excelling under Guardiola’s tutelage.

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