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Schalke agree loan deal for Younes Belhanda

Morocco international Younes Belhanda is on the verge of signing a loan deal with Bundesliga side Schalke.

“He is coming”, said Schalke sporting director Horst Heldt.

The attacking midfielder arrived in Orlando, where Schalke are preparing for the second part of the season, to undergo a medical and the deal will be sealed if he passes the tests.

The club chiefs were interested in signing Corinthians midfielder Renato Augusto as well, but the negotiations between the two clubs eventually broke down.

Younes Belhanda, who is currently playing for Dynamo Kiev, would be an ideal replacement for Julian Draxler, who joined Borussia M’gladbach in the summer transfer window.

The 25-year-old midfielder made five appearances for the Ukrainian outfit in the 2015/2016 campaign, but he failed to find the net in the domestic championship.

Younes Belhanda has earned 12 caps for Morocco and it has to be noted that he began his professional career in Ligue 1, where he played for Montpellier.

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