Could Liverpool's Emre Can affect Tottenham's pursuit of Leon Goretzka?

Germany's midfielder Leon Goretzka celebrate scoring his side's fifth goalduring the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification match between Germany and Norway in the south German city of...

The Liverpool ace refusing to sign a new deal could harm Tottenham Hotspur's chances of signing the Schalke star.

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...

According to the Mirror, Spurs have made Schalke ace Leon Goretzka one of their primary transfer targets in January, with his contract set to expire with the Bundesliga club in the summer, but developments regarding Emre Can's future at Anfield could have a detrimental affect on the Londoners' hopes of snaring the German.

According to the Daily Mail, the 23-year-old is set to leave Merseyside in the summer on a free transfer, having failed to agree terms on a new deal with Liverpool.

And worryingly for Tottenham, Don Balon claim that Jürgen Klopp has lined up Goretzka as the ideal replacement for Can, if and when he leaves the club.

Liverpool's German midfielder Emre Can celebrates scoring the team's first goal during the Champions League qualifier, second leg match between Liverpool and Hoffenheim at Anfield stadium...

Mauricio Pochettino is building something extremely exciting at Spurs, and there is genuine optimism at the club that they are on the verge of winning a major trophy for the first time in a very long time.

The potential addition of a player of the Schalke man's ilk would surely take Tottenham to another level, and the German could be considered as the missing piece of the puzzle for the Lilywhites.

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...

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Pochettino will be worried upon hearing the report claiming that Klopp is lining up a swoop for Goretzka, especially with the German holding the advantage of being the same nationality as the 22-year-old midfield ace.

One huge advantage for Spurs, however, is that they are almost guaranteed Champions League football, unlike the Reds who currently sit outside of the top four, and the Germany international would surely favour a move to a club who are participating in Europe's premier competition.

So it's not all doom and gloom for Tottenham, as far as their hopes of signing Goretzka are concerned.

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