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Leon Goretzka has attracted interest from a host of clubs, with Arsenal keen on completing a deal for the Germany international.
Arsenal will have to act fast as several Premier League teams are keen on signing him in January the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool.
But Barcelona and Bayern Munich are believed to be the favourites for his signature.
The Schalke star is out of contract in the summer and is interesting clubs from all around Europe.
Real Madrid and PSG are also keen.
His contract with Schalke expires in the summer and the Bundesliga side have so far failed to agree an extension.
But Barca are determined to steal a march and will make an offer in January, reports Mundo Deportivo.
Schalke will not let him go on a free and could be willing to sell him in January – should the contract stalemate continue.