Schalke have finally completed the deal to bring Leon Goretzka to Gelsenkirchen from VfL Bochum. The 2.Bundesliga side had been pushing for a higher transfer fee, and it is believed to be around €3-4 million. The deal will keep the talented young player with Schalke through the summer of 2018.
Goretzka, 18, was fantastic for Bochum this year in his first season as a professional. He played all across the midfield and helped the club just avoid the relegation playoff place. Goretzka is the second young player brought into Schalke this summer along with the addition of Köln midfielder Christian Clemens.
Sporting Director Horst Heldt on the transfer:
"We're absolutely delighted that in Leon Goretzka another colossal talent in addition to Max Meyer has made a conscious decision in favour of FC Schalke 04. Leon is one of the most talented players in Germany and has huge potential. He was on the wanted list of lots of clubs but he sees the biggest opportunity to develop as a player here with us."
Goretzka will get the opportunity to show what he's got early against tough competition as Schalke will have to qualify for the Champions League's group stage through the playoff.