According to the Polish press, Lukasz Fabianski is wanted by Schalke and could move to the Bundesliga side as soon as January if he agrees to a wage drop.
The 28-year-old has played only twice so far this season for Arsenal, against West Brom and Chelsea in the League Cup, and hinted back in September that he’d be open to a move in the New Year if Arsene Wenger continued to overlook him.
While Fabianski hasn’t publicly outlined his desire to quit the Emirates, the new Polish national coach Adam Nawałka is quoted as saying the stopper is on the lookout for a new club.
Despite being on the books since 2007, the former Legia Warsaw stopper has only featured 69 times for the Gunners, providing backup to Jens Lehmann, Manuel Almunia and compatriot Wojciech Szczesny.
His good run of form during a five game stint last term, including a clean sheet away at Bayern Munich, appears to have turned a few Bundesliga heads with Schalke seeing him as a possible replacement for 34-year-old Timo Hildebrand.
The report in Fakt.pl claims the Gelsenkirchen recently failed in a bold attempt to land Iker Casillas from Real Madrid and are also keeping tabs on Kasper Schmeichel.
They’re obviously casting a wide net…
Were Fabianski to leave next month Emiliano Viviano, on loan for the season, would shuffle up the pecking order in the short-term affording the boss a bit of time to mull over future back-up.