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31-year-old to leave after Arsenal agree deal to sign Bundesliga ace
Nacho Monreal will quit Arsenal and head back to Spain this summer after we agreed terms to sign Sead Kolasinac on a free transfer from Schalke, according to reports today.
Kolasinac has been strongly linked with a move to the Emirates in recent weeks after it became clear he is set to leave Schalke having failed to agree terms over an extension.
The Bosnian international’s contract expires in June so he’s available on a free transfer and his agent confirmed late last week that they were set to decide between joining Arsenal or AC Milan.
It seems that decision has been made as the Metro are citing a report from the Daily Mail that claims Kolasinac has now agreed to join Arsenal on a four-year contract.
The newspaper says that the 23-year-old has only opted for the Emirates on the basis that he’s been promised Arsene Wenger is staying-on as manager amid reports the Frenchman is set to sign a new two-year deal.
And according to the Mirror, the arrival of Kolasinac will see Monreal leave the club and head back to Spain with Arsenal hoping to tie Kieran Gibbs down to a new deal.
Gibbsy is also approaching the final year of his contract but the paper says he’ll be offered an extension with Wenger wanting the 27-year-old to stay as Kolasinac’s understudy.
If Gibbs decides to leave in search of regular football, the Mirror suggest that Arsenal are lining-up Celtic’s Kieran Tierney or Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon as his replacement, so we could have two new left-backs next season.
It’s certainly an area we need to strengthen as I’ve said all year that Monreal has been a weak link as the 31-year-old’s form has dropped drastically while Wenger clearly doesn’t trust Gibbs to be his regular number one.
Let’s see what happens but left-back is just one thing on the agenda in what’s going to be a HUGE summer for Arsenal F.C.