The Gunners are in the hunt for the young German midfielder.
Arsenal have spotted a potential signing for future in Germany as Arsene Wenger aims to bring in VfL Bochum midfielder Leon Goretzka, according to the Daily Express.
Goretzka has been dubbed the new Mario Goetze in his home nation for his impressive performances for the Bundesliga second division side.
The 18-year-old has previously drawn interest from European giants Juventus, Manchester United and Real Madrid, but it now seems the Gunners are the current club in the driving seat for his signature.
Wenger will face competition from Borussia Monchegladbach however and will have to act quickly if he wants to bring the German starlet to the Emirates.
It’s thought Goretzka would set Arsenal back around £3million and with a reported £70million being given to the manager to spend this summer, that relatively low total shouldn’t be seen as much of a gamble.
The Bochum midfielder would also fit into Wenger’s philosophy of buying players when they are young and cheap and developing them into truly world-class stars.
Previous successes the Frenchman has produced in this respect include Thierry Henry, Cesc Fabregas and Robin Van Persie, so Goretzka would be in esteemed company.
There is growing hype around the young German and he is receiving praise from all angles, particularly from his current manager Walter Schneck.
“I have never seen a 18-year-old who has so much class and desire,” Schneck said of his protegee.
“The boy will find his way into the world’s best!”