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Bayern Munich have confirmed their interest in Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka.
The 22-year-old Germany international, who is out of contract in the summer, has scored six goals in 12 appearances this season to help Schalke reach the winter break in second place behind Bayern in the Bundesliga.
He has been strongly linked with a move away from the club, with Liverpool and Arsenal reportedly interested.
But Bayern have now also signalled their intent to try and sign the player this month.
“Leon Goretzka is a great player, that’s clear,” Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said via the club’s official Twitter account.
“He is a Schalke player and we obviously respect that. But he is a Germany international and we can say that we are interested in him.”