By Will Butcher
Everton have thrown their hat into the ring to rival Arsenal for Schalke’s Sead Kolasinac, according to a reliable journalist.
Goal’s Chris Wheatley claimed in a report that Arsenal were eyeing a move for the 23-year-old left-back, whose contract expires in less than three months with the Bundesliga outfit.
Wheatley then replied to his own Tweet on his personal Twitter account, stating Everton had joined the race to sign the 23-time international, who has shone for the Europa League outfit.
Told that Everton have joined the race to sign Kolasinac. His contract expires this summer. pic.twitter.com/xyeECpJ6vf
— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) April 13, 2017
Kolasinac has produced a huge seven assists from defence this season, and is known for his ability to whip a dangerous ball into the box from the left flank dead-ball situations.
Making 31 league and cup appearances this season, Kolasinac is one of the first names on Markus Weinzierl’s team sheet at the moment after also adding three goals from defence.
It is believed Chelsea and Juventus are also keeping tabs on the former Stuttgart and Hoffenheim youth ace, who was born in Germany but chose to represent Bosnia & Herzegovina.
With interest in Kolasinac high, it remains to be seen who he will choose in the summer as his contract enters its final stages at the Veltins Arena.
Football Insider verdict:
Both Everton and Arsenal should be looking to bolster the left side of defence in the coming transfer window. The Toffees are currently using England international Leighton Baines at left-back, but his performances are slowly deteriorating as he gets older. Now at 32 years of age, Baines has lost that yard of pace that has also seen him fall out of the England reckoning. Similarly, Nacho Monreal’s performances have come into question this season while Kieran Gibbs’ future at the Emirates Stadium looks in doubt due to a lack of game time. Bringing in Kolasinac, who is regarded as one of the most underrated left-backs in European football, would be a huge coup for either side, especially if they can get him for free. However, it looks like they’ll face stiff competition for his signature.
In other Everton transfer news, the Toffees and West Ham have reportedly received a boost in the pursuit of this goalkeeper.