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If Spurs sign Schalke's Goretzka is that it for interest in Barkley?

Ross Barkley of Everton celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Everton and Watford at Goodison Park on May 12, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Tottenham are rumoured to be in the hunt for Schalke's Leon Goretzka but if they sign the midfielder would interest in Everton's Ross Barkley end?

Schalke's midfielder Leon Goretzka (R) and Bayern Munich's Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara vie for the ball during the German First division Bundesliga football match between FC...Schalke's Leon Goretzka (R) and Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara vie for the ball during the German First division Bundesliga football match.

The future of Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka remains unclear, with Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo claiming Barcelona are leading the race.

However, while Bayern Munich have pulled out of the chase, Premier League duo Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are joined by Juventus in competing with Barca for Goretzka's signature.

And if the comments from Germany general manager Oliver Bierhoff are to be believed, it seems the Reds and Spurs could be in a good position.

Oliver Bierhoff, manager of the German national football team, attends a press conference in Stuttgart, southwestern Germany, on August 30, 2017, ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2018...Oliver Bierhoff attends a press conference in Stuttgart.

"We feel that England, because of the amount of money you have with TV rights, young talented players like Leroy Sané and Leon Goretzka are moving to England and this is not good for our league but also for the quality of our game," Bierhoff was quoted by the Mirror.

"We have to pay attention and invest again and again in the education of our coaches."

The same newspaper also claims that Arsenal are keen on signing Goretzka, whose current contract expires next summer, but face the biggest competition from their North London rivals.

Ross Barkley of Everton celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Everton and Watford at Goodison Park on May 12, 2017 in Liverpool, England.Ross Barkley of Everton celebrates scoring his side's first goal during the Premier League match against Watford.

If Tottenham's interest in the 22 year old is as serious as reported and they do land him, would that mean the end for the longheld interest in Everton's Ross Barkley?

The Telegraph reports that both Chelsea, who almost signed Barkley over the summer, and Spurs are still keeping tabs on the England international but maybe Goretzka has become the preferred target for Mauricio Pochettino.

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