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Arsenal to sign defender Sead Kolasinac from Schalke when contract expires

PUBLISHED: 11:29 06 June 2017 | UPDATED: 11:30 06 June 2017

Arsenal will sign Schalke defender Sead Kolasinac when his contract expires this summer (pic: John Walton/PA Images)

Arsenal will sign Schalke defender Sead Kolasinac when his contract expires this summer (pic: John Walton/PA Images)

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Bosnian left-back pens ‘long-term deal’ with Gunners

Arsenal have made their first move of the summer transfer window by signing left-back Sead Kolasinac from Bundesliga club Schalke.

The 23-year-old arrives in north London on a free transfer having signed a ‘long-term deal’, believed to be five years.

Kolasinac, who turns 24 on June 20, will link up with the Gunners when his contract with the Germans expires on July 1.

The left-back players internationally for Bosnia & Herzegovina and has amassed 18 caps, despite being born and raised in Germany.

Kolasinac can also fill in at centre-back and defensive midfield, so his versatility could be a positive for Arsene Wenger’s men next term.

In his favoured left-back role, though, Kolasinac will likely compete with Nacho Monreal and Kieran Gibbs for a starting slot.

Kolasinac’s arrival, though, could cast further doubt over Gibbs’ future, with the Arsenal youth product struggling for starts last term and with just 12 months left on his contract.

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