Sport Bild are reporting that Bayer Leverkusen are nearing the signing of Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac, with the two clubs about to come to an agreement.
The Bosnia international has fallen down the pecking order under Mikel Arteta and his departure could raise some much-needed funds to finish the Gunners’ transfer business.
Kolasinac has actually started a game this season against West Ham. David Luiz’s return on Monday night, however, meant he dropped back to the bench.
During 2019/20 he played 32 times in all competitions and operated at both left-back and at the heart of the defence.
Leverkusen are attempting to sign the defender for a fee in the region of £9 million and that represents a decent bit of business for Arsenal.
Kolasinac arrived at the Emirates Stadium on a free transfer from Schalke in 2017. During his three years at the club, he has played 107 games and helped the club towards a win in the FA Cup last season.
The defender earns £100,000-a-week at Arsenal and getting that sum off the wage budget would be ideal.
Arteta still hopes to complete some business of his own before the deadline and every penny received will certainly allow him to do that.
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The versatile defender has proved solid if unspectacular during his time in North London.
Injuries haven’t helped his cause at times and failing to really hold down a position has caused him problems too.
Arsenal won’t accept average any longer though and there are quite simply better options than him in defence right now.
Gabriel was added in the summer, whilst Kieran Tierney looks like a really good piece of business at left-back.
Leverkusen are a good club and this deal looks like a good one for all parties.