By Joe Nelson
Serge Gnabry is set to join German champions Bayern Munich on a permanent deal from Arsenal, according to a report.
German publication Kicker claim that Bayern will pay the Gunners £6.8million for the services of the 21-year-old attacker, who will immediately be sent out on loan to Werder Bremen.
It is said that the terms of an agreement is in place and that an announcement is pending from the Bundesliga duo.
This report follows a report from Sky Sports Germany on their Twitter account on Tuesday morning, stating that the Arsenal winger is heading to the Bundesliga.
The shock development comes after manager Arsene Wenger revealed that he wants to keep hold of the young winger, who has represented Germany at every youth level from U16 to U21.
The Stuttgart-born wide man caught the eye with his performances at the Olympic Games in Rio, scoring six goals for Germany to spearhead their passage to the final.
“I want to keep Serge Gnabry and extend his contract. I think we stood by him,” said Wenger 10 days ago, as quoted by the Sky Sports on their transfer centre blog (9.23am). “He went to West Brom, didn’t play, we had to rebuild his confidence.
“I allowed him to go to the Olympics to help Germany. I think he’s here now for a long time.”
German publication Sport Bild first reported that Hertha Berlin were keeping close tabs on Gnabry and are also willing to buy him permanently for around £1.7million this summer if his current deal, which expires next summer, is not extended.
Wenger still has faith in the German even though he hasn’t appeared for the north London club since March 2014 but the latest twist could mean his spell at Arsenal is coming to an abrupt end.
The youngster had a disappointing loan at Premier League rivals West Bromwich Albion last season, where he was recalled after making just three appearances for Tony Pulis’ side in all competitions.
The seven-time capped Germany Under-21 international was highly rated when he broke into the Gunners first-team after he made his professional debut in the 2012-13 season against Coventry in the League Cup.
In other Arsenal transfer news, this young Gunner may be heading to League One.