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Arsenal have closed the signing of in-demand Bundesliga star Sead Kolasinac, according to a reliable journalist.
Raphael Wiesweg, who covers Kolasinac’s club Schalke for a number of German outlets, took to Twitter on Saturday night to report that the transfer is all but complete
Wiesweg explained that the left-sided player, who is predominantly a left-back, has finalised the paperwork on a deal with the Premier League giants.
“The output of Kolasinac is fixed. Sead Kolasinac has signed a five-year contract at Arsenal,” reported Wiesweg on his personal Twitter account.
— Raphael Wiesweg (@RaphaelWiesweg) May 13, 2017
The Bosnia-Herzegovinia international has been heavily linked with a move to the Gunners in recent weeks, with one report claiming that he has already undertaken a medical.
Kolasinac has a contract at Schalke that expires at the end of the season and he is free to make a switch for nothing on 30 June.
Everton, Manchester City and Milan have also been chasing him but it appears the hopes of those clubs have now evaporated as Arsenal put the finishing touches to their first summer deal.
Arsene Wenger appears to have targeted Kolasinac as he looks to overhaul the left-back position in the first team.
That role has been fulfilled by Spaniard Nacho Monreal in recent seasons although he turned 31 in February, while his deputy Kieran Gibbs has been on the fringes for years and could leave in the summer.
Kolasinac has been a mainstay in the Schalke defence this season, making 36 appearances in all competitions.
The assist machine has also made a huge impact in an attacking sense, netting three goals and laying on nine assists for his teammates.
The experienced Bundesliga performer has also accumulated 23 caps for Bosnia-Herzegovinia despite representing Germany at youth level.
In other Arsenal transfer news, Wenger has said this is the best position of a player Liverpool are trying desperately to sign.