Arsenal defender set for a rumored move to the Bundesliga following a lackluster season with the Gunners.
Even after a terrible season, Arsenal has still managed to lift the FA Cup beating London rivals Chelsea in the finals. Finishing 8th in the League and a huge upset in the Europa League, the domestic cup might be the only positive the Gunners can take away from the 2019-2020 season.
But, newly appointed coach Mikel Arteta would be hopefully looking to turn this around following a major revamp at the club. The Spaniard has placed around 9 players in the transfer list, who do not have a role to play for the future plans he has for the club. Also, players that haven’t been performing well have been placed on the list. All this is being done to hopefully garner funds for transfers that could potentially save the club from their disappointing spell.
One such player set to leave the club is Saed Kolasinac. The 27-year-old arrived 3 years ago on a free transfer to the English club from Bundesliga side FC Schalke 04. Being featured in the Bundesliga team of the season for the 2016-2017 season, a lot was expected from the Bosnian. However, he is still yet to meet with the expectations that the fans had for him.
After a shambolic display of defense the whole season by Arsenal, it was pretty obvious that a few changes were necessary and according to reports Kolasinac could be returning to his former club. The player is really keen on moving back to Germany as well due to private reasons. Initial discussions between the 3 parties involved have already taken place, and the problem which sticks out is regarding the salary of the Bosnian international.
Currently being paid 8 million euros per year by the London side, it is very unlikely that S04 will be able to match that price. The German side has suffered terribly due to the coronavirus, and a wage bill that high is out of the question. A possible loan could take place, but even then Kolasinac would have to take major wage-cuts as the salary would still have to be divided between the 2 teams and Schalke are not willing to pay upwards of 2.5 million a year.
Although a deal is far from being negotiated, a change of teams is still an option for the full-back and with his preferred destination being Germany, it remains to be seen where we would see the number 5 play the next season.
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