By Russell Edge

17th Apr, 2017 | 1:11pm

Transfer twist: Arsenal made to sweat over all-but-done defender deal, decision next week – report

By Russell Edge

Arsenal are being forced to wait to see if they have done enough to secure the signing of Bosnian defender Sead Kolasinac from German side Schalke, according to a report.

The full-back is out of contract in the summer, and Bosnian news outlet Reprezentacija had reported that Arsenal had secured the signing of the 23-year-old on a pre-contract agreement.

However, the player’s father has come out and said that no final decision has been made, although he admitted there had been contact with the North London club.

Speaking to news outlet N1 Sarajevo, Faik Kolasinac stated: “It is true that there has been contact with Arsenal, but he is not yet an Arsenal player.

“This week I will meet with Sead and his agent. Next week we will decide everything.”

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The other side vying for the full-back’s signature are Italian giants’ AC Milan and if the report is true, Arsenal don’t yet have the player in the bag.

The defender, who can also play on the flanks of midfield, has made 31 appearances for his club, scoring three goals and contributing seven assists.

Other clubs, such as Liverpool and Everton, have shown interest in Kolasinac, who has established himself as a first choice defender for both club and country, but it appears he will end up at either Arsenal or Milan this summer.

Football Insider verdict:

It’s never easy for Arsenal fans. In what has been a gloomy season the news about Kolasinac signing was a ray of light for supporters to turn to. However, no official confirmation has been made and in the world of football transfers, a deal if never done until it’s officially done. Surely this can’t be another transfer that might have been for the north London club? Either way it looks certain that the player is leaving and if Kolasinac’s dad is telling truth, we’ll find out where he’s going next week. Arsenal fans will be desperately hoping that it’s north London.

In other Arsenal news, Michael Owen has given his prediction for the club’s clash with Middlesbrough.

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