The Bundesliga side's sporting director, Christian Heidel, hit out at Bayern's public courting of Goretzka earlier this month. Yesterday, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge informed us that Leon had his medical. They were very sad and disappointed too, especially because they gave everything and left no stone unturned in an attempt to keep me at Schalke.
He has agreed to join Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich on July 1. "We've done everything we can to keep Leon at Schalke". In summer he and his agent reached an agreement, but he wanted time to develop.
With the 24-year-old seemingly headed for the Anfield exit, Liverpool's top brass have turned their heads towards Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka. We can handle the situation.
Goretzka, 22, is coming to the end of his contract with Schalke and has so far resisted all offers to sign a new deal with his club.
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Goretzka completed the obligatory medical check in Munich on Thursday before signing the contract with FC Bayern.
Losing Goretzka is a blow to Schalke but Heidel insists they were "prepared" for it to happen.
"We regretfully accepted the decision".
"We hope the fans won't show a negative reaction on Sunday. There's no doubt Leon is a key component of the team".
"Leon is a professional. He remains a vital player for us".