Arsenal defender Zech Medley will join K.V. Oostende in permanent transfer but Gunners insert buy-back clause

ARSENAL defender Zech Medley will leave the club to join Belgian side K.V. Oostende on a permanent transfer.

The 20-year-old had stints at both Gillingham and Kilmarnock on loan last season.


Now the academy graduate is set to depart the Emirates full-time for Oostende.

Football London claims the former England U16 international is expected to head to Belgium to finalise the transfer over the coming days.

And they also state that the Gunners have insisted on both a sell-on clause as part of the deal as well as having first option on the player if he leaves Oostende.

Mikel Arteta was keen to keep hold of the centre-back.

Medley instead opted to head out for a new challenge and regular match action in the Belgian top-flight.

Medley moved to Arsenal from Chelsea in 2016.

After impressing for their youth teams, he was handed a senior debut in the 2018/19 Europa League campaign against Vorskla Poltava.

He has also been named on the bench in the Premier League last June against Brighton.

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Medley was also in the matchday squad for the Europa League trip to Standard Liege two seasons ago as well.

Meanwhile Arsenal are desperate to strengthen their defence this summer.

They had already made a move for Brighton’s Ben White having had a £40m offer rejected.

And they are expected to table an increased bid for the defender soon.

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