Manchester United have been linked with a surprise move for Bayern Munich midfielder Leon Goretzka.

Sky Germany reporter Florian Plettenberg wrote on Twitter: “News #Goretzka: ManUtd is monitoring his situation!

#MUFC is aware of the fact that his future his uncertain because of #Rice.

“But no concrete talks or negotiations yet. Goretzka is staying calm and his position is clear: He definitely wants to stay as he identifies 100 % with FC Bayern! And: Rummenigge supports him.”

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Don’t expect Leon Goretzka to sign with Manchester United

We have seen for years how Bayern Munich players get linked to Manchester United before signing contract extensions.

From Thomas Muller, to Dante, and even more recently Eric Choupo-Moting, Leon Goretzka is following a tried and tested tactic.

‘Get linked to Manchester United and hurry Bayern into offering a new deal’, seems to be the nature of the game with this one.

If we can see through it, the chances are that Bayern will too at this point.

Goretzka has an enviable CV, with five Bundesliga titles and 50 international caps. But this past season has not been an especially memorable one for him.

He managed only two Bundesliga goals and three assists, and there probably isn’t a great clamour to sign him to a contract extension right now.

But that’s how we see the 28-year-old’s future panning out. Whether it takes weeks or months, or even a year, a new deal at Bayern is probable for Goretzka. A lot more probable than a move to Manchester United.