Arsenal’s attempts to sign Sead Kolasinac have been complicated by the news that Manchester City are also keen on the Bosnian defender.
It’s widely accepted that he won’t be renewing his contract with Schalke, and a few weeks ago reports seemed very positive about him joining Arsenal in the summer.
Those were downplayed by his father, and it was thought that interest from AC Milan might be a complicating factor as the player mulled over a move to Serie A.
Now, however, BILD are reporting that Pep Guardiola has matched the Gunners offer of £140,000 per week as he looks to build a defence for next season.
With Gael Clichy out of contract at the end of this season and a long way past his best, City will be in the market for a left-back/left wing-back, and it seems they have their sights trained on the 23 year old.
Could they take advantage of the relative instability in North London to convince the player to join them? It certainly wouldn’t take a master negotiator to do it, and if needed they could definitely pay more in wages than us.
Much will depend on the player’s intentions, of course, for now we’ll just have to wait and see.