On Saturday night, a Schalke journalist claimed that Sead Kolasinac’s move to Arsenal had been completed after what feels like ages of toing and froing.

  • Reports over Kolasinac’s apparent move to Arsenal started a month ago
  • Father soon denied deal had been agreed, said AC Milan also in the frame
  • Everton and Tottenham later linked
  • German press believe Manchester City could be left-back’s destination
  • Schalke journo tweets ‘confirmation’ of five-year deal with Arsenal

Kolasinac to Arsenal had the makings of what should have been a pretty straight forward transfer.

His contract with the struggling Schalke, where he’s been brought through the ranks, runs out at the end of the season, so there was no transfer fee to speak of and he appeared to be the perfect replacement for the ageing Nacho Monreal.

Therefore, when a Bosnian outlet announced that the deal was done a month ago, everyone presumed that was it.

But it’s never that simple, is it?

What we know so far

Shortly after the news broke, Kolasinac’s father denied that a deal had been agreed upon, also pointing out that AC Milan were very much in the frame to sign his son, aka ‘The Bosnian Hulk’.

Arsene Wenger later confirmed (in his own Wenger-y way) that talks were ongoing but backed-up Mr. Kolasinac’s comments that a deal had not been reached yet.

Soon, Everton and Tottenham were also being linked with a move for the left-back, while the German press remained convinced that Manchester City were a highly likely destination for the 23-year-old.

However, others claimed that his medical with Arsenal had been completed and the deal was ‘95% done’.

Details over his wages also emerged, claiming that he was to earn £120kpw with the Gunners.

The latest

Shortly after Arsenal’s 4-1 win away to Stoke on Saturday, a Schalke journo tweeted that Kolasinac has signed a five-year deal with Arsenal.

And here we go again.

Time will tell…