Werder Bremen have confirmed that they are close to signing Serge Gnabry and hope to have an agreement sorted by noon tomorrow.
Arsene Wenger recently spoke of his desire to keep the 21-year-old winger at Arsenal, however, it appears the interest that has mounted in Gnabry since his impressive displays at the Olympics has turned his head.
Speaking at a press conference this afternoon coach Frank Baumann revealed that the German winger is eager to move to the Weserstadion, seemingly on a permanent basis.
“With the player we have an agreement and we’re confident the move will take place.
“We spoke with the player and his father four years ago [before he moved to Arsenal] and at that time it didn’t work out.
“If the deal for Gnabry doesn’t go through, we’ll not be looking at other players.
“We know about Serge Gnabry, Per Mertesacker was full of praise.
“We have basically reached an agreement with Arsenal, but it is not yet signed.”
“Everything should be finalised by midday tomorrow.”
There had been suggestions that Arsenal would sell Gnabry to Bavarian giants Bayern Munich and they would in turn loan the player to Bremen.
Baumann added: “Bayern are irrelevant, we want to buy him.”
We’ll wait on confirmation to see if it plays out that way or not.
So it looks like we’re going to cash in on a player who came with great potential, got injured a lot, lost form and confidence and now appears to be returning to form. Obviously, if he wants out, that’s his prerogative although there are suggestions this move is being driven by his agents.