The race for VfL Bochum starlet Leon Goretzka is heating up.

The 17 year-old midfielder is regarded as the brightest young prospect in German football and been watched regularly by Arsenal chief scout Steve Rowley.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is now considering a bid for the youngster, though will face competition from Bayern Munich and Barcelona.

Indeed, Kicker says Barca had an approach for Goretzka rejected by Bochum last summer.