Schalke sporting director Jochen Schneider has told Ruhr 24 that it is his side’s ‘absolute dream’ to sign Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac in the summer transfer window.
The Bosnian was at times our third or even fourth-choice left-back. He was desperate to leave the club last month and Arsenal tried everything they possibly could to move him out on a permanent deal.
However, Schalke were the only club interested in his services and they could only afford a loan deal. Kolasinac joined the Royal Blues who are stuck in a relegation battle having won just one game all season.
They will have to beat all the odds to survive and if they do, it is apparently their absolute dream to sign Kolasinac permanently in the summer.
Asked if he would ‘love’ to sign Kolasinac permanently, Schneider said: “That is our absolute dream.
“He’s an incredibly good guy, lives 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.”
Arsenal Insider’s view:
Schalke would love to sign Kolasinac permanently but their chances look extremely slim. They are bottom of the Bundesliga at the moment and it would take a miracle for them to survive.
The Royal Blues are nine points behind 16th place Arminia Bielefeld who will make it to the relegation playoffs if things stand the way it currently is. Schalke have to get there at the very least to have a chance of surviving, but with just 14 games left in the season, it doesn’t look likely.
Kolasinac is unlikely to sign for a club who will end up in the Bundesliga 2. Even if he is prepared to, he will have to take a humongous pay-cut, which makes no sense whatsoever at this stage of his career.