Arsenal close to announcing Markus Schubert as first summer signing – report

Arsenal have set their sights on signing German stopper Markus Schubert on a free transfer as they look to replace Petr Cech.

The former Chelsea stopper revealed his intention to retire towards the end of the season and is expected to take up the Sporting Director role at Chelsea.

This leaves the Gunners short of options in the goalkeeping position as loanee David Ospina is likely to make his loan deal permanent at the club.

According to the Mirror, Arsenal have offered Schubert a contract which would see him take over the number two spot. Schubert turned out for Bundesliga 2 side Dynamo Dresden last season but is out of contract this summer.

This means Arsenal would not need to spend on a transfer fee which is good news for the club currently under tight financial constraints.

The 21-year-old stopper is highly-rated goalie has featured for the German national side at u17 to u21 level. He was recommended by former Arsenal head of recruitment Sven Mislintat known for his ability to scout bargains.

Arsenal are also close to making other signings with Belgium forward Yannick Carrasco close to joining the club from Chinese side Dalian Yifang.

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