Sead Kolasinac is closing in on a temporary return to Schalke 04, according to Sky Sports. The Bosnian left-back has already arrived in Germany ahead of the proposed move, and the Bundesliga side are confident it will be completed soon.
Kolasinac joined the Gunners in the summer of 2017 as a free agent, after his contract with Schalke expired. He had spent five years as a first-team member there, having arrived from Suttgart at the age of 18 and spent a year with Schalke’s U-19 side. He made a total of 123 appearances across all competitions in those five years, scoring four times and assisting his teammates on 13 occasions.
His arrival three and a half years ago was supposed to make Arsenal’s back line look stronger, but it’s fair to say that he never fulfilled those expectations. That obviously prompted the club to sign Kieran Tierney last year, and the former Celtic man has thoroughly outperformed Kolasinac in the race for a spot in the starting XI.
Kolasinac started in the victory over West Ham United back in September, which has so far been his only Premier League appearance this season. That is now likely to remain the case for the rest of the campaign, though he also played four matches in the Europa League and three in the Carabao Cup. The 27-year-old was reportedly close to joining Bayer Leverkusen, but that move fell through due to failure to agree personal terms.
He is keen to return to Germany nonetheless, and the report claims family reasons are behind his desire to go back. His contract with Arsenal runs until the summer of 2022, and the Gunners will still be paying a portion of his wages while he plays for Schalke in the second half of the season.
As for Schalke, they haven’t won a Bundesliga game in almost a year now and are consequently at the bottom of the table, and they will be hoping Kolasinac will provide them with some quality as they strive to stay in the German top flight.