According to the Independent, Arsenal have agreed a deal to bring Schalke left-back Sead Kolasinac to the club in July when his contract expires with Bundesliga club.
The Gunners are reported to have beaten off competition from Everton and AC Milan for the highly-rated Bosnia and Herzegovina international.
Could be a shrewd signing for Arsenal
Despite the fact that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has not officially stated he is staying, this signing suggests that he is, although such a highly-rated player is a no-brain signing whoever the Gunners boss may be next season.
People may see the move as more Wenger penny-pinching. However, Kolasinac could prove to be a shrewd signing for the Gunners. At 23-years-old he is considered as one of the best up-and-coming young full-backs in the European game.
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte reportedly attempted to sign the defender in January, only for his club to decide that they did want to sell. Everton had look to be favourites to sign the full-back, but it appears that the Gunners have nipped in to steal the star away from the Merseyside club.
It is the second time the club from north London have signed a player from under the nose of the Toffees, having signed Lucas Perez last summer after the striker looked set for a move to the north west.
Good competition for Nacho Monreal
Arguably Spanish left-back Nacho Monreal has been one of the Gunners more consistent players this season. He has kept Kieran Gibbs out of the team and has never let anybody down at full-back.
The arrival of Kolasinac could mean the end of Gibbs at Arsenal, so Kolasinac is likely to give Monreal some healthy competition at left-back next season. Monreal is also 31-years-old, so Kolasinac could be seen as a long-term replacement for the Spaniard.
Signings could depend on Champions League qualification
Even without Champions League football Arsenal should be a big draw for players. However, participation in Europe’s elite competition does help persuade players to join a club.
The Gunners are currently odds of 13/2 to make the Champions League. The Gunners are currently sixth in the table and could find themselves seventh by the end of play in today’s games.
Kolasinac is unlikely to be the biggest signing of the summer. However, he could prove to be a very good one, even if his signing is eclipsed hopefully by signings.
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