Barcelona are only ten games into their La Liga campaign, but they’re already planning for next season.
The La Liga leaders have reportedly agreed to sign German international Leon Goretzka on a free transfer, according to Mundo Deportivo.
Goretzka is currently at Schalke but has not been able to agree terms on a new deal, leaving him open to leaving on a free.
The 22-year-old has made 12 appearances for Germany and scored six goals, the last of which came as part of a double against Azerbaijan.
Barcelona have only had four German players in their entire history.
Emil Walter was the first German to sign, way back in 1923, before he was followed by Bernd Schuster, Robert Enke and current goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
This season Goretzka has scored four goals in nine Bundesliga games for Schalke.
That’s more goals than any Barcelona player other than Lionel Messi, who’s got 12 goals to his name already.
Two of his potential team-mates, Andre Gomes and Ivan Rakitic, have yet to score this season.
The news will come as a blow to Liverpool and Arsenal who were also reportedly chasing Goretzka.
But it’s not all good news for Goretzka, who’s suffered a stress fracture in his lower leg.
You win some, you lose some.