Manchester United is eyeing to sign the Bayern Munich star Leon Goretzka on a free transfer in 2022 in place of Paul Pogba. The Red Devils are desperate to sign a new contract with the Frenchman which is looking highly unlikely.
Bayern who signed Leon Goretzka back in 2018 has also made a new offer of €10m to €12m to Goretzka. But he wants to get around €20million a year in wages.
Goretzka’s contract with Bayern ends in 2022 but United has already put an offer that exceeds the Bavarian’s current proposal. United is eyeing up a potential swoop for Goretzka as reported by German sports magazine Sport Bild.
Barcelona and Real Madrid both have shown interest in Leon Goretzka. But it will be very tough for United to lure him for a new contract.
Leon Goretzka the right man for Pogba?
Paul Pogba’s contract ends next summer in 2022 and is reported to leave Manchester United once again on a free transfer. Clubs like Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus are his most likely destinations next summer.
Pogba’s playing attributes make him the right fit for many big clubs. He made 40 appearances for Manchester United across all competitions last season and managed to score seven goals and made three assists.
Whereas, Leon Goretzka stands tall and has the ability to win aerial battles against tall midfielders. Last season he played 32 games across all competition in which he netted eight times and got nine assists.
Leon Goretzka who is 26 years old and also in his prime, has a huge possibility of ending up at the reigning Bundesliga champions. Bayern does not let players go easily so this makes it interesting to see where he ends up next summer.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is also looking to reinforce his squad by adding players this season. The Red Devils have shown interest in Eduardo Camavinga from Rennes and Saul Niguez from Athletico Madrid.
United does not have a lot of big names when it comes to their midfield department other than Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba. Pobgas injuries have been a major issue for him and United has suffered from it in the past.
Goretzka is a physical player and can be used as an attacking or holding midfielder. He can run freely in the midfield knowing that he has a partner in Bruno. His transition from attacking to defense can also help the backline with that extra amount of security. Goretzka also has an ability to recognize his teammate’s run and provide him with that incisive pass.
He can also win the ball in his half and quickly carry the ball upfield, using his pace and strength to outmuscle the defenders coming his way.