Mikel Arteta handed a positive transfer development from Serge Gnabry amid Real Madrid’s summer focus – Bailey Keogh

Arsenal have received a major boost in their quest for a transfer reunion from Serge Gnabry. It comes after a key competitor for the German’s signature was reportedly pulled out of the running.

German news outlet BILD claimed last week that Real Madrid are also looking into the possibility of signing Gnabry this summer after Mbappe opted to stay at PSG. But Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio recently denied Real Madrid’s interest as the club have no intention of signing a winger as they focus on signing Aurelien Tchouameni from AS Monaco.

This is a big boost for Arsenal as it eliminates a fierce contender for Gnabry’s signature. The club will need a winger in the summer and the German would certainly be the perfect acquisition.

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The German would be an excellent acquisition at the end of the season as his versatility could prove key for Mikel Arteta. There’s certainly an unfinished business for Gnabry, which was proved when he dropped a potential transfer hint by saying he’s ‘always a gunner’. He will cost around £60million, according to CIES Football Observatory, which is a deal that could certainly be worth the cost.

At the beginning of the season German Outlet Bild had claimed Gnabry and his agents are asking £12.5million a year in wages to sign a new deal. But Bayern have yet to agree to those terms, which has put talks on hold for the moment.

This was followed by German news channel Sport1’s claim that Gnabry’s desire to leave Bayern wasn’t just about the money. The player wants to feel that he plays an important role in the team and prefers to play in a more central position than on the wing.

The Gunners could also wait until next season and try to sign him on a free transfer. This would certainly rank as one of the best spins in a free deal given the quality of the winger. Waiting for that opportunity would be risky for the Gunners, however, as other clubs are likely to be interested in the winger as well.

The Germany winger still harbors great admiration for Arsenal, as evidenced with a tweet claiming London belongs to Arsenal after Gnabry’s Bayern Munich beat Tottenham 7-2 in 2019. He has also been pictured in Arsenal shirts on a number of recent occasions, which also underscores his love for the club.

Gnabry left the Gunners for Werder Bremen in 2016 after failing to re-sign under Arsene Wenger as the club’s manager. Since leaving the Premier League, he has won the Champions League with FC Bayern Munich and won several German titles.

It would certainly be a statement from Arsenal if they could sign Gnabry. The Gunners are taking a little more confidence to secure his signature after Real Madrid appear to have pulled out of the race.

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