Manchester United have been given a major boost in their attempt to sign Schalke’s Leon Goretzka.
Goretzka contract with the Bundesliga club expires at the end of the season and he is allowed to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with other clubs.
Jose Mourinhop is an admirer of the sensational midfielder and has earmarked him as a target this month.
The Portuguese tactician is desperate to strengthen his team who are 12 points behind league leader Manchester City in the domestic league.
Earlier report had it that Beyarn Munich have won the race for the 22-year old midfielder but Bayern chief Executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has rebuff such claim insisting no agreement is in place to sign the talented star.
He told Sky in Germany:
“You only have an agreement, when the contract is signed and the player passed the medical tests. We are not that far yet.
“Now the player has to decide, I heard the decision will be made within the next days, so before the end of January.
“And of course it would be very nice, if he decides to join Bayern Munich.”
The Germany international joined Schalke in 2013 from Bochum and has become one of the brightest talents in European football with the likes of Liverpool and United interested in his services.
His outstanding performances for the Domenico Tedesco’s side has helped them sit third in the Bundesliga table as well as a place in German Cup quarter-finals
The Red Devils are also close to signing Arsenal’s contract rebel Alexis Sanchez and a deal for the player could be announced in the next 24 hours.