Olympique Marseille and Napoli are both interested in signing Sead Kolasinac on a free transfer when his contract with Arsenal expires at the end of the season, according to Sky Sports.
Kolasinac is now free to talk to clubs outside England to arrange such a deal, and the Ligue 1 side are apparently already in talks with the representatives of the Bosnia and Herzegovina international. Arsenal are believed to be willing to sell him this month in order to get at least something in return for his services, but it seems no club has expressed an interest in paying a fee to take him straight away.
Having made just five appearances in all competitions this term, the left-back was out for a long time with an ankle injury, before entering the fray in the last minute of the Gunners’ disappointing FA Cup defeat to Nottingham Forest on Sunday. With Kieran Tierney and Nuno Tavares both ahead of him in the pecking order, getting Kolasinac off the wage bill will a slight, though arguably welcome, boost for the club’s finances. Since arriving from Schalke 04 in 2017, the 28-year-old has worn the Arsenal shirt on 118 occasions, scoring five goals and contributing 15 assists.
Kolasinac is one of several players whose contracts will be up in the summer. The most obvious problem in that aspect is, of course, the striker position, with Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah both set to leave the club as well. Meanwhile, it remains to be seen whether manager Mikel Arteta trusts former captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang again after his last bout of indiscipline at the club cost the Gabonese his armband. Further more, Aubameyang tested positive for COVID-19 after an alleged party with some of his international teammates, and even his involvement at the African Cup of Nations is now in doubt.