Manchester City defender Ko Itakura is on the verge of completing a loan move to Schalke, with a medical scheduled for tomorrow.

That’s according to Sky Sports Max Bielefeld, who says a deal is now ‘very close’ to being completed.

Itakura returned to Manchester City from a two-year loan deal with FC Groningen, where he had established himself as a key player for the club.

Given the quality in Pep Guardiola’s squad, it was unlikely he would remain at the Etihad this summer, and Bielefeld confirms as much.

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He says the Japanese defender will be joined 2.Bundesliga side Schalke on loan for the season after the two clubs agreed on a deal.

According to his information, Manchester City have agreed to loan out Itakura for the season and for there to be an option to make the deal permanent for €4m.

Itakura is now set to fly to Germany tomorrow to pass his medical and sign his contract with Dimitrios Grammozis’ side.