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Arsenal open talks to sign Bundesliga defender ahead of Liverpool
According to a report in the Daily Mail, Arsenal have opened talks with Schalke defender Sead Kolasinac about a potential free transfer move to the Emirates this summer.
While Arsene Wenger is under increasing pressure to walk away from the club, it looks like the Frenchman is defiantly carrying on with his transfer plans and a new left-back is on the agenda.
Kieran Gibbs is being tipped to leave in search of first team football after struggling to hold down a regular place while Nacho Monreal’s form has come under criticism in recent months.
The Daily Mail claim that Arsenal officials have now re-opened negotiations with Kolasinac after holding initial talks in January as Wenger looks to bring the Bosnian international to north London.
The 23-year-old is rated as one of the best full-backs in German football but he’s set to leave Schalke when his contract expires at the end of the season after failing to agree terms over an extension.
Arsenal scouts have been tracking Kolasinac for several months and he would be a superb signing on a free transfer if we could win the race for his signature.
However, that isn’t going to be easy as the newspaper says that Liverpool are also showing a keen interest in signing him while the likes of Chelsea, Man City and Juventus are keeping a close eye on his situation.
All of those clubs are expected to be able to offer Kolasinac Champions League football next season so it may be difficult for Arsenal to lure him to the Emirates without offering him huge wages as we’re destined to miss out on the top four for the first time in 20 years.