Premier League giants Arsenal have been dealt a big transfer blow after one of their transfer targets secured a summer move to German Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen.
The Gunners were one of the clubs interested in signing TSG Hoffenheim midfielder Kerem Demirbay but the North Londoners have missed out on him.
Turkish-born German international Demirbay will join fellow German top flight side Bayer Leverkusen in the summer.
His transfer was confirmed by Bayer Leverkusen earlier on Thursday morning after the player agreed a five-year contract with the Europa League campaigners.
The transfer fee involved is said to be around €28m.
Demirbay, 25, played in the Champions League for TSG Hoffenheim this season and he would be hoping that his new club can also qualify for Europe’s premier club competition.
Bayer Leverkusen are level on points with fourth-placed Eintracht Frankfurt on the German Bundesliga table and only a top-four place will be enough to seal a Champions League place next season.
Kerem Demirbay was seen as a potential replacement for Aaron Ramsey at Arsenal but the Gunners will have to look for another option with the new development.
Welsh international Ramsey will join Italian champions Juventus this summer having already agreed a four-year deal with the Old Lady.
He will link up with his new teammates shortly after the end of his Arsenal contract.