Arsenal and Bayer Leverkusen are reportedly close to agreeing a deal for Sead Kolasinac. Left-back Kolasinac is one of a number of players Arsenal are attempting to sell to fund moves for the likes of Lyon star Houssem Aouar and Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey. Lucas Torreira is also in talks over an exit, with Atletico keen on the 24-year-old.
Arsenal know they have to up their latest offer for Aouar of around £32million and would have to match Partey’s release clause of £45m to get that deal done.
So they have to raise money quickly and Kolasinac looks set to be the first player out of the door this week.
German outlet Sport Bild claim Leverkusen are close to agreeing a £9.1m deal to sign the 27-year-old.
Kolasinac is likely to be down the pecking order at Arsenal this season, with Kieran Tierney, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Bukayo Saka all preferred by Mikel Arteta at left wing-back.
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The report claims the reason the fee for Kolasinac is relatively low is because of his hige wage demands.
Kolasinac has made 107 appearances in all competitions for Arsenal since joining on a free transfer in 2017.
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The Bosnia and Herzegovina international was an unused substitute in the Gunners’ 3-1 loss at Liverpool on Monday night.
Goals from Sadio Mane, Andy Robertson and Diogo Jota handed Jurgen Klopp’s side a third straight Premier League win this season.
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After the match, Arteta was disappointed with the manner of the goals his team conceded.
“We need to make sure that we don’t concede the type of goal that we conceded,” he told Arsenal.com.
“Again, it’s Liverpool’s quality. They put you under pressure on the first, second, third, fourth ball. They keep going, they have bodies, they have quality.
“You put them under pressure with a perfect high press and van Dijk hits an 80-yard ball to Mo Salah’s chest. This is quality, that’s why they paid £80m for this guy, you know?
“We are on a different journey, they have been together for five years, they were unable to do that after one, two, three seasons.
“They were unable to play this level but they have really good coaches, they recruited really well, they have improved the players that they had and they have real belief in what they do.”
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