Alex Král (24) is set to join newly-promoted Bundesliga side Schalke 04 and will undergo a medical on Wednesday before heading to their training camp in Mittersill, according to Sky Germany. They have beaten RB Leipzig and Hertha Berlin to the signing of the Czech Republic international, who will join the club on loan without an option to buy.
Král made use of the new FIFA regulation that allows players in Ukraine and Russia to suspend their contracts with their respective clubs. As a result, S04 won’t pay Spartak Moscow a fee.
Schalke wanted to sign Manchester City’s Ko Itakura (25) on a permanent deal after a successful loan spell but were unwilling to activate their buy option. As a result, they lost the Japan international to fellow Bundesliga side Borussia Mönchengladbach, who earlier this month confirmed the signing of Itakura.
As a result, their attention turned towards Král, who played just 255 minutes across six games in all competitions for Premier League side West Ham last season as he spent the year in London on loan from Spartak. Coached by Domenico Tedesco in Russia, the now RB Leipzig head coach was considering bringing the box-to-box midfielder to Saxony but the Czech international has since opted for Schalke.