Jordi Osei-Tutu has left Arsenal to join Cardiff City on a season-long loan, both clubs have confirmed.
The 21-year-old is a highly versatile player, but, as he put it himself in an interview with Cardiff’s official website, he feels most comfortable wide on the right, whether as a classic fullback or in a more advanced wing-back role. Arsenal already have players like Hector Bellerin and Cedric Soares playing there, and Osei-Tutu’s temporary move away from the Emirates as he strives to get some first-team action under his belt seems wise.
Osei-Tutu, a holder of passports of both England and Ghana, joined Arsenal’s U-18 team from the youth setup of Reading back in 2015. He spent the 2019/20 season on loan at VfL Bochum, where he made 21 appearances in the 2. Bundesliga and one in the DFB-Pokal. He had eight goal involvements (five goals, three assists) for the German second-tier side.
He expressed great excitement about being given a chance to prove himself and develop further at Cardiff.
Meanwhile, Schalke 04 are interested in bringing Sead Kolasinac back on loan, according to Sky in Germany.
The Bosnia and Herzegovina international spent six years in Gelsenkirchen, the first with Schalke’s U-19 side, and the rest as a first-team player. Arsenal signed him on a free transfer in 2017, but he has been struggling to nail down a regular starting place on the left defensive flank. The arrival of Kieran Tierney from Celtic last year made it even more difficult for him, together with the ability of Bukayo Saka to play the role well. Towards the end of last season, Mikel Arteta used him as the left-sided centre-back in a back-three system, but even that didn’t work out too well.
The 27-year-old could, therefore, leave the Emirates this summer, though it remains to be seen if he can agree a deal with his former club. Schalke are in a serious financial crisis and have introduced a salary cap of €2.5m per year for their players, while Kolasinac’s wages at Arsenal amount to €8m per year. It’s a big gap to bridge, but the Bundesliga side are apparently very keen on idea.