Arsenal target to remain in Bundesliga with Bayer Leverkusen

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Highly-rated Nuremburg youngster Josip Drmic will not be moving to Arsenal after it was announced he had agreed a deal with Bayer Leverkusen.

The Premier League season may have only finished yesterday but Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has already been dealt a blow in his preparations for next season after a key transfer target opted against a move to the Emirates.

Josip Drmic has been on the Gunners’ radar for much of the season, with the North London club linked with a move for the striker back in January and all the way through the second-half of the campaign.

It comes after the Swiss international impressed for Bundesliga strugglers Nuremburg, who suffered relegation from the German top-flight despite the 21-year-old amassing a commendable 17 goals for the club.

But any hopes of adding Drmic to the Arsenal squad during the summer are now over after it was announced that the player had agreed to move to Bayer Leverkusen from next season.

According to official reports, the Bayer-backed club have paid €5 million to land the striker, who took advantage a special clause in his contract that allowed him to depart Nuremberg for the fee, despite having three years left on his deal with the relegated side.

Drmic has now put pen to paper on a five-year deal with Leverkusen, who successfully lured the forward to the club with the promise of Champions League football.

For Arsenal, meanwhile, it’s another blow in the transfer window, with Wenger set to begin looking elsewhere for an alternative transfer target.

In the meantime, with the FA Cup final just around the corner, the Frenchman will be focused on bringing silverware back to the Emirates.

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