Report: Liverpool closing in on stunning free transfer for Leon Goretzka

Leon Goretzka of Germany scores his side's second goal during the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 Semi-Final between Germany and Mexico at Fisht Olympic Stadium on June 29, 2017 in...

Liverpool are closing in on the signing of Leon Goretzka according to reports in Germany.

Alexis Sanchez of Chile and Leon Goretzka of Germany battle for possession during the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 Final between Chile and Germany at Saint Petersburg Stadium on...

Liverpool are considered the favourites to sign midfielder Leon Goretzka, according to German newspaper BILD.

Goretzka has been likened to Michael Ballack and is Germany's most promising central midfield prospect, starring at the Confederations Cup last summer.

His contract expires at the end of the season and Goretzka is expected to make an announcement on his future next week.

BILD report that signing with Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool has emerged as one of his strongest options.

Leon Goretzka of Germany scores his side's second goal during the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 Semi-Final between Germany and Mexico at Fisht Olympic Stadium on June 29, 2017 in...

The Reds though face competition from other Premier League clubs, as well as Juventus.

Schalke could still sell Goretzka for a big fee this January, which is why it would be a stunning deal if Liverpool could seal his signature on a free transfer.

The midfielder is free to negotiate a pre-contract agreement from January 1.

Liverpool have already acted quickly this transfer window so sign Virgil van Dijk for a club record fee.

They already have Naby Keita joining from Bundesliga club RB Leipzig next summer.

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