Arsenal Complete Kolasinac Deal
Arsenal have signed Schalke 04’s Bosnia-Herzegovina international Sead Kolasinac on a free transfer according to reports from his homeland.
BIHscout.ba [via Reprezentacja] claims that the 23-year-old signed a contract with the Gunners earlier this week and will move to Arsenal in July. His contract with Schalke expires at the end of this season.
Kolasinac was born in Germany to Bosnian parents; however he has a German passport which means the Gunners won’t have need to go through the process of applying for a UK work permit.
He joined the Schalke academy set-up in 2011 following spells with his home-town club Karslruhe, Hoffenheim and Stuttgart. He made his first-team debut for Schalke in 2012 and has gone to make 118 appearances for the Bundesliga side in all competitions. He has 18 international caps for Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Although nominally a left-back, Kolasinac can also operate as a central defender or as a defensive midfielder.
Chelsea, Everton and AC Milan were also interested. However, he appears to have chosen to move to Arsenal.
Some outlets were claiming on Friday evening that Kolasinac has also been told that Arsene Wenger is staying on as Arsenal coach. Given Wenger’s obvious heavy involvement in the transfer that would obviously seem to be the case.
Wenger Refuses To Speak About £300,000-A-Week Sanchez Deal
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is refusing to comment on reports that Alexis Sanchez has been offered wages of £300,000 a week to sign a new deal with the club.
The Chile international was reported on Friday to have been offered the huge new deal in a bid to keep him at the club, but Wenger refused to make any comment on the report.
“First of all I cannot confirm that we have offered that,” said the Arsenal manager.
“Secondly, we have to consider our financial potential to sustain the wages for the whole squad.
“What is sure if what he was paid per week today is what was paid 20 years ago per year. Will that continue to go up – I don’t know. I am almost tempted to say no but I was always wrong on that one.”
Any such deal for Sanchez may have to be followed by a similar deal for Mesut Ozil who is also out of contract at the end of next season.
Overmars Linked With Top Arsenal Job
Meanwhile, former Arsenal legend Marc Overmars admits he’s a candidate to take over as the Gunners’ director of football. Rumours abound that Arsene Wenger will be joined by a transfer supremo if the Frenchman signs a new deal with the club.
But Overmars admits there is constant contact between himself and the Gunners and wouldn’t completely rule out a return to north London – but not just yet.
“I have always kept in touch with Arsenal,” Overmars said on Friday. “I think there is a list with names, and I’m on it. It’s not strange since I’ve had a good time at Arsenal but I’ve just signed a new contract at Ajax.”