According to a couple of reports in Germany, Schalke were interested in re-signing Sead Kolasinac this summer.
Against the backdrop of our pursuit of Kieran Tierney, it was regularly suggested that Kolasinac could be a potential casualty of ‘Raul’s big cull’ but at no point was the left-back seriously linked with clubs either here or abroad.
IKZ claims that Schalke initially showed interest in a reunion with the Bosnian last January and tried again this summer only for the financials of the situation to scupper talks.
The Bosnian joined the Gunners on a free transfer in 2017 after six years at the Veltins-Arena and is understood to be on around £120,000 a week.
Perhaps they were tempted to try their luck in the aftermath of the attempted carjacking that led to an ongoing security situation and forced the Bosnian and Mesut Ozil to sit out the opening game of the season at Newcastle. Who knows.
With three left-backs on the books, Arsenal decided that they could afford to let Nacho Monreal leave instead. Kolasinac is expected to play back-up to Tierney once the Scotland international returns to fitness.