ARSENAL are on the verge of completing their first signing of the summer transfer window.
According to The Independent, Dynamo Dresden goalkeeper Markus Schubert is set to join on a free transfer.
The 21-year-old has reportedly been earmarked as a long-term challenger to Bernd Leno between the sticks.
Arsenal are so confident Schubert is in the bag that they have contacted Championship clubs and German teams about sending him out on loan next season.
Schubert rose through Dynamo Dresden’s youth ranks before establishing himself as the club’s first-choice goalkeeper last term.
He made 31 appearances in Bundesliga 2 as the east German club finished 12th in the table.
Despite his lack of top-level experience, Schubert has represented Germany at every age group from Under-17 to Under-21.
Schubert was whistled by Dynamo Dresden fans at his farewell appearances at the Rudolf-Harbig-Stadion last month.
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The Independent claim the talented stopper was identified by Arsenal’s former head of recruitment, Sven Mislintat.
He quit the Emirates Stadium in February after being overlooked for the newly-created technical director role.
Arsenal are on the hunt for back-ups to Leno after Petr Cech decided to retire upon the expiry of his contract.
Emiliano Martinez, who saw out the remainder of last season on loan with Reading, is likely to step up to second choice.
David Ospina was expected to join Napoli after spending last term with the Serie A club.
Napoli bosses, however, are reluctant to trigger the permanent option struck last summer so Ospina could return.