Medical done: Arsenal put finishing touches to first summer signing - report
By Harry Sykes
Arsenal are putting the finishing touches to the signing of in-demand Bundesliga ace Sead Kolasinac, according to a report.
Sports site Bleacher Report claim that the Schalke left-back has “already undergone medical tests” with the Gunners and that the transfer is all but complete.
It is said that the transfer of Kolasinac to Arsenal is “95 per cent done” and is close to being a sure thing.
Bleacher Report state that the Bosnia-Herzegovinia international has been pursued to be installed as the club’s first-choice left-back next season.
That role has been fulfilled by Spaniard Nacho Monreal in recent seasons although he turned 31 in February.
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Kolasinac has a contract at Schalke that expires at the end of the season and he is free to make a switch for nothing on 30 June.
It has been reported by various outlets in recent weeks that Everton, Manchester City and AC Milan have also offered deals to Kolasinac as they aim to strengthen their squads ahead of the summer transfer window.
Bosnian news outlet Reprezentacija claimed a fortnight ago that Kolasinac had signed a pre-contract deal with the Gunners and Sky Italy have reported the Londoners were in pole position to sign him.
The left-sided player has missed three of Schalke’s last five matches with a torn abductor muscle but has been a mainstay in the Schalke defence this term, making 33 appearances in all competitions.
The assist machine has also made a huge impact in an attacking sense, netting three goals and laying on nine assists for his teammates.
He has also showed that he can play further forward in a left-sided attacking role and it is this versatility which is so attractive to his suitors.
The experienced Bundesliga performer has also accumulated 23 caps for Bosnia-Herzegovinia despite representing Germany at youth level.
In other Arsenal transfer news, Wenger has said this is the best position of a player Liverpool are trying desperately to sign.