Arsenal’s Serge Gnabry is expected to move to Werder Bremen in the next couple of hours. The German midfielder hasn’t played for The Gunners since the 2013-14 (via ESPN).
The winger impressed immensely during the Olympics with the German National Team and was widely expected to remain at the Emirates. Arsene Wenger spoke of how he wanted the youngster to sign a new contract in North London.
“I want to keep Serge Gnabry and to extend his contract.” Wenger said earlier in the month. “I think we stood by him for a long time. He went to West Brom and didn’t get a game. We had to rebuild his confidence when he came back.
“I allowed him to go to the Olympic Games – without having played for us at all – to get him back to competition and to help Germany so I think he’s here now for a long time and it’s important that he stays with us.”
But now it seems that the winger is close to the exit door. It was expected that Gnabry would be signing for Bayern Munich but Werder Bremen have emerged as favourites for the German’s signature. Bremen currently sit bottom of the Bundesliga table after being torn apart by Bayern Munich – of all teams – 6-0 in the opening match of the season.
German outlet Kicker are reporting that the deal could be more complicated than it seems. The paper claims that Bayern Munich are actually paying for the transfer of the player to Werder Bremen on the condition that Bayern can sign the player next summer should they want to. It’s a complicated and surprising situation and we’ll have to wait and find out what happens.