With a Schalke contract running until June 2018, Liverpool and others would be able to pick themselves up a bargain, but obviously have to be very persuasive.
Jurgen Klopp will have to beat the likes Barcelona, Juventus and Bayern in the race to sign Leon Goretzka.
Mundo Deportivo claim that Goretzka has his heart set on Barcelona, the only question being whether the approach would come in January or wait until the summer.
Over in Germany it would be assumed by many, with quite a lot of justification, that Bayern would have the best chance of signing the 22 year old – it’s just what usually happens in this type of situation.
Should Liverpool interest be genuine, and not simply an effort from the German and Spanish media to make things more exciting, then this is a hard one for Klopp to win.