Schalke have confirmed their desire to sign Sead Kolasinac on a permanent basis but it sounds like they will have to perform miracles in the Bundesliga to have any chance of sealing a deal.
Out of favour at Arsenal, the Bosnia international took a significant pay cut to seal a loan move to his former club in January despite the club looking odds-on to be relegated.
Schalke are currently 11 points adrift of 17th place Arminia, who currently occupy the relegation play-off spot, and will need to go on an incredible run to avoid being relegated for the first time since 1988.
Only if they stay up is a deal for Kolasinac, who took over the captain’s armband on his arrival in Gelsenkirchen, likely to be on the table. And even then it’ll be a stretch given their recent financial troubles.
“He’s an incredibly good guy, lives for the club, pushes and pulls the cart. Sead embodies Schalke like no other.
“Of course, it is our wish to keep him until the end of his career and beyond.”
Kolasinac will have a year left on his contract when he returns to London Colney in the summer and the Gunners are keen to offload him to make way for a new backup to Kieran Tierney.