Werder Bremen have confirmed Franco Di Santo has left the club with immediate effect, with Bundesliga rivals Schalke widely reported to have completed a deal for the forward.
Di Santo moved to Bremen from Wigan Athletic ahead of the 2013-14 season and has scored 17 goals in 49 league appearances for the club.
However, the Argentine was taken out of the Bremen squad to face Sevilla in a friendly on Saturday, with his exit from the Weserstadion duly confirmed.
“Franco Di Santo leaves Werder with immediate effect after a clause was activated in his contract,” read a statement on Bremen’s official website.
“Consequently, he will no longer train with the team and will be unavailable for selection for this afternoon’s game against Sevilla.”