Manchester United have been handed a boost in their reported pursuit of Germany international star Leon Goretzka, according to Manchester Evening News.
The Premier League side, who comfortably thrashed rock bottom Crystal Palace 4-0 at Old Trafford at the weekend, have been linked with the Schalke midfielder ahead of the January transfer window.
The 22-year-old, who has 10 international caps for his country, has scored two goals and provided one assist in eight appearances in all competitions so far this season for the Bundesliga outfit.
Goretzka, who is also thought to be a transfer target for German rivals Bayern Munich, has netted 17 times in 126 games overall for Schalke since joining the club from Bochum back in the summer of 2013.
However, The Red Devils’ battle with European heavyweight rivals for the central midfielder’s signature has been helped by the news that FC Barcelona have pulled out of the race to sign the German gem.
Goretzka was part of the Germany squad that won the Confederations Cup in Russia earlier this summer.
His current deal at Schalke expires on June 30, 2018.