Arsenal let go of Mesut Ozil in the January transfer window and the German joined Fenerbahce as a free agent. The Turkish giants are now hoping to strike a similar deal with Sead Kolasinac this summer. (Fotomac)
The Bosnian was viewed by many as an absolute machine when he first joined the Gunners. His build, aggression and physicality made him an excellent fit for the Premier League, but things just didn’t work out.
Kolasinac dropped down the pecking order at Arsenal and he had no choice but to leave. He joined his former club Schalke on loan in the January transfer window, but the Royal Blues’ relegation means that his move there won’t be made permanent.
The 27-year-old will now return to Arsenal this summer but he has no future at the Emirates. He will surely be sold and Fenerbahce are hoping to use their relationship with the Gunners to lure him in.
Can Arsenal make money off Kolasinac?
Arsenal pushed Mesut Ozil, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Shkodran Mustafi out of the door by terminating their contracts. That was a terrible financial move, but that decision had to be made in January to reduce our wage bill and to restore the harmony in our squad.
The Gunners will face the same predicament this summer. Kolasinac would love to see his contract cancelled by Arsenal just so that he can negotiate a better deal elsewhere, potentially alongside his pal Ozil in Turkey.
There’s an upside for Arsenal as well as we would then save £100,000-a-week in wages. However, releasing him from his contract would be a really silly thing to do this summer.
Kolasinac, labelled as ‘very strong’ by Arsene Wenger, is still only 27. He is at the peak of his career and if Edu is really smart in negotiations, we can make some decent money off his sale in the coming weeks.
That will help us out massively. Arsenal are cash-strapped at the moment after missing out on European football. We are expected to rely heavily on player sales to raise funds to strengthen our squad, and every penny will make a difference.
It’s up to Edu now to negotiate a deal that will suit all parties involved. We want Kolasinac gone, he wants out and Fenerbahce are keen to sign him. That makes this move very achievable, but only time will tell if this will actually go through.