Report: Arsenal to sell 'absolute dream' player this summer, two clubs interested
Arsenal are reportedly planning to sell Sead Kolasinac this summer, with two clubs interested in the Gunners defender’s services, according to football.london.
The 27-year-old is currently away from the Emirates Stadium on loan, having linked up with Schalke in the winter transfer window.
Kolasinac joined Arsenal in the summer of 2017, arriving on a free transfer from the Bundesliga club, and has made 113 appearances for the Gunners.
However, the Bosnia & Herzegovina international hasn’t been in Mikel Arteta’s plans this season, with just nine appearances under his belt for the north Londoners.
On Thursday, Schalke released a statement confirming a number of departures, including loan players returning to their parent clubs, but Kolasinac wasn’t amongst those names.
The defender’s Arsenal contract runs until 2022, but football.london has suggested that he remains surplus to Arteta’s requirements.
The outlet claims that Kolasinac is expected to leave Arsenal this summer, with Schalke and Serie A side Lazio keen on signing the defender on a permanent deal.
Kolasinac’s time at Arsenal has been fairly mixed, and given Arteta effectively left Kieran Tierney without a conventional back-up from February onwards, that suggests his time with the Gunners is as good as over.
With one year on his contract, chances are Arsenal won’t get a massive fee for him, but his departure would free £100,000-a-week from the wage bill, key for bringing in another left-back.
Schalke sporting director Jochen Schneider described Kolasinac’s loan signing as “an absolute dream” (RUHR24 via football.london) so it would be good for them and for the player if he were to rejoin his former club permanently.
That said, they’re going to be playing second tier football next season, so perhaps Lazio would be a better shout as they could offer him top-flight football – and perhaps be able to pay Arsenal more for Kolasinac’s signature.
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