Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry is reportedly attracting the interest of a trio of Bundesliga clubs after a strong showing at the Rio Olympics.
German newspaper outlet Allgemeine Zeitung have reported that Mainz are eyeing a loan deal for Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry to strengthen their squad ahead of the season. The report added that Mainz are not the only club after the German Olympic star, with Hertha Berlin and RB Leipzig also circling around the player.
The report has also been backed by a story run by fellow German newspaper Kicker, with the publication further adding that the Olympic silver medalist is favouring a return to Germany this season, but that the player is most likely only be allowed to go on loan. Arsene Wenger has reiterated his desire to keep the youngster at Arsenal long term, and reportedly wants the German star to sign a new deal before going out on loan.
Mainz are in need of players at the front after losing their 23-year-old duo of winger Jairo Samperio and forward Jhon Cordoba to injuries suffered in the German DFB Pokal Cup over the weekend. The club finished sixth last season and can also provide Gnabry with European football this term, having qualified for the Group Stages of the Europa League – unlike other clubs interested in the winger.
Serge Gnabry lit the Rio Olympics on fire as he finished the tournament with six goals to his name and was massive in Germany’s march to the final, where they fell to hosts Brazil on penalties. The 21-year-old spent last season on loan at fellow Premier League club West Bromwich Albion and is looking to go out on loan again in search of extended first-team opportunities, with a slight preference towards Germany.
Hertha Berlin are not far off from Mainz in terms of Bundesliga finishes, with the club having finished one place off Mainz last season. The club also managed to qualify for the Europa League, but lost in the qualifying phases which means no European competition for them this term.
RB Leipzig, on the other hand, unlike the other two, are fresh off a promotion campaign and would be aiming to stay in the Bundesliga. Leipzig would represent the best chance of first-team playing time, but if Serge Gnabry is confident of dismantling the settled first-team players at Mainz or Hertha Berlin, the 21-year-old might choose either of them as they appear more in line with his ambitions.
If that comes to be the case, Gnabry would like to play in an European competition, which would give Mainz the upper hand. If at all, the three clubs come knocking on Arsenal’s door at once, it is very likely that the 21-year-old will choose to go with Martin Schmidt’s team.