Arsenal begin summer business with Kolasinac deal

Arsenal have begun their summer business in the transfer window by confirming they have signed Sead Kolasinac on a Bosman free transfer.

It was reported last month that the Gunners had made an approach for the 23-year-old, who will become available when his contract at Schalke expires on 30 June. But he will spend little time on the list of free agents, after it was confirmed that he will sign a long-term deal at the Emirates Stadium subject to the completion of the regulatory processes.

Kolasinac made 36 appearances in all competitions last season, and also made an impressive attacking contribution with three goals and nine assists. Of course, Arsene Wenger has signed him for his defensive abilities, and the left fullback will now challenge Nacho Monreal and Kieran Gibbs for a starting berth, although the latter could move on this summer.

A former Germany youth team international, the player decided four years ago that he would instead represent Bosnia and Herzegovina and has since gone on to win 17 caps. He had been linked with Manchester City in recent weeks, but he has instead opted to join Arsenal despite their failure to qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League competition.

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