Werder Bremen are on the verge of completing the signing of Serge Gnabry from Arsenal, according to the Bundesliga club’s director of sport Frank Bauman.
This contradicts earlier reports that Bayern Munich are set to sign Gnabry on a permanent basis and then loan him out to Bremen.
However, amid all this news, Arsenal are interested in offering Gnabry a new contract with the club.
The 21-year-old German midfielder, who scored six goals for his country as they clinched a silver medal at the Olympic Games, is out of contract next summer and is set to return to Germany.
Baumann said he expects Gnabry to arrive in northern Germany on Wednesday and dismissed reports that Bayern Munich would participate in the transfer by buying the player and loaning him to Bremen.
‘We’ve got an agreement with the player and we’re confident it will go through,’ he said at a press conference on Tuesday.
‘We have reached a fundamental agreement with Arsenal, but nothing is signed yet. Bayern have no influence on the potential transfer.
‘It could all go through by lunchtime tomorrow. We’ve gathered information on him from Per Mertesacker, who was full of praise for him.’
Bremen are putting all their efforts into signing the Germany Under-21 international with Baumann adding: ‘If it doesn’t work out with Serge Gnabry, which I don’t expect to happen, then we are not going to be doing anything else.’
However, the German player’s dad, Jean-Hermann Gnabry, suggested his son is off to Bayern instead.
He told SWR: ‘I would have liked it if Serge would have prevailed here at Arsenal, he still has a contract until 2017. But his mind is already thinking about elsewhere.
‘Bayern is like Arsenal. Even there he’ll have extremely strong competition.’
Gnabry joined the Gunners from Stuttgart’s youth academy in 2011 and has gone on to play 10 Premier League games for them, as well as making a solitary appearance during a loan spell at West Bromwich Albion last season.