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Barcelona were ready to pounce on Goretzka, says Rummenigge

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Bayern Munich made a move this transfer window for Leon Goretzka, the young German midfielder who has been turning heads. Goretzka will move to Bayern Munich at the end of the current season from Schalke.

The deal was significant because it kept one of the best young Germans in the German domestic league. But what came to light was just how worried Bayern were about Barcelona sneaking in and having a go at the youngster.

Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge discussed the concern and what it would have meant for German football.

“If we had not signed Leon, he would have very likely signed for Barcelona,” he said. “In general, that cannot be [good] on behalf of German football.”

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge | Goal

Barca weren’t the only club in for Goretzka, but it seems as if the club did have a decent shot of landing him this winter.