Nordrhein-Westfalen/ Fussball, 1. Bundesliga, Saison 2012/13, 27. Spieltag, FC Schalke 04 - TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, Samstag (30.03.13), Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen: Schalkes Sead Kolasinac (r.) gegen Hoffenheims Tobias Weis. +++ Achtung Bildredaktionen: Die Verwendung der Bilder fuer die gedruckten Ausgaben der Zeitungen und andere Print-Medien ist ohne Einschraenkungen moeglich. Die DFL erlaubt ausserdem die Publikation und Weiterverwertung von maximal 15 Fotos (keine Sequenzbilder und keine videoaehnlichen Fotostrecken) aus dem Stadion und/oder vom Spiel im Internet und in Online-Medien. Die Publikation oder Verwertung der Fotos (Stand- und Sequenzbilder) aus dem Stadion und/oder vom Spiel ueber Mobilfunk (insbesondere per MMS) und ueber DVB-H/SH und DMB ist erst 2 Stunden nach Abpfiff des jeweiligen Spiels erlaubt! Foto: Volker Hartmann/dapd

Arsenal have agreed a deal to sign Schalke’s left-back Sead Kolasinac on a free transfer, although the defender cannot officially join the club until July.

Italian giants AC Milan, who have recently been taken over by Chinese ownership, came in with a good offer for the player but Kolasinac had already made the decision to choose the Gunners.

Fellow Premier League club Everton tried to lure the 23-year-old, but their attempts were also in vain after the Gunners opened negotiations with him on Monday.

Kolasinac has been on Arsene Wenger’s radar for some time, with the embattled Frenchman viewing him as serious competition for Nacho Monreal’s starting spot.

The young left-back, who has played 18 times for Bosnia, was the subject of a failed £5.3million bid from Chelsea in January while Manchester City, Juventus and Liverpool had also posted an interest.

Who is Sead Kolasinac?

  • Kolasinac was born in Karlsruhe, Germany, in 1993.
  • He arrived at Schalke in 2012, via hometown club Karlsruher SC and Hoffenheim.

What type of player is Sead Kolasinac?

  • Kolasinac is recognised as a left-back but known for his ability to play in any position across the defence.
  • In his early days with Schalke’s second team he was deployed at centre-back and defensive midfield.
  • He has also thrived in a wing-back role since Schalke’s switch to a 3-5-2.
  • And his reputation for physicality and excellent timing in the air will no doubt be an asset in the Premier League.
  • Players from Kieran Gibbs to Granit Xhaka could all have reason to be concerned about their future with the Gunners if Kolasinac hits the ground running.

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