Leon Goretzka could have easily moved to a club other than Bayern had they not sealed the deal, according to one club chief.
It was announced last week that the German international will be leaving Schalke at the end of the season, joining Bayern on a four-year deal.
Goretzka was reportedly attracting interest from Liverpool and Manchester United, as well as Catalan giants Barcelona.
Now, Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed that he could have easily moved to LaLiga had the Bavarians not got the deal over the line.
“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.
“Leon is enormously talented, he is only 22 years old, a German international with great potential in his position. We would have been really wrong if we had not tried to sign him.”
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