AS Roma are interested in signing Sead Kolasinac this summer and the Bosnian defender will cost £13.5 million, according to Italian media outlet La Gazzetta Dello Sport via Sport Witness.
Paulo Fonseca, the Roma manager, is keen on strengthening his club’s options at left back. He currently has Alexander Kolarov, who is 34 years old, and Leonardo Spinazzola in that position. The Italian club have been monitoring Kolasinac for two years.
There are currently two names on Roma’s list of targets for a new left back. Sead Kolasinac is one and Marcos Acuna of Sporting Lisbon is the other. The Portuguese club also want £13.5 million for the 28 year old’s signature.
Kolasinac signed for the Gunners from Schalke on a free transfer in the summer of 2017 but his move to North London has not been a resounding success. He is not a guaranteed starter in Arsenal’s first team.
Kieran Tierney appears to be the undisputed first choice left back. The former Schalke defender has been utilised by Arteta on the left side of a back three at times this season but with Gabriel’s impending arrival at the Emirates and Pablo Mari soon to return to fitness, it is unlikely he will get too much game time in central defence this season.
The Bosnia and Herzegovina international has two years remaining on his contract. He has also attracted interest from his former club Schalke but they would only consider signing him on loan and would need him to take a significant wage cut for the transfer to have a realistic chance of happening.
Kolasinac is reported to have met Schalke’s sporting director, Jochen Schneider, at a restaurant in Germany to discuss a return to the German club but the chances of such a move taking shape are slim, according to German media outlet Bild.
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